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United Kingdom Budget

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:45 pm on 25th March 2010.

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Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party 4:45 pm, 25th March 2010

As Mr Whitton knows—he has probably heard me say it a number of times—the share of the Scottish budget that goes to local government is increasing year on year, and it was decreasing year on year when I came to office. Mr Whitton has rather inadvertently confirmed my point—it is the logical conclusion of his question—that the budget in Scotland is falling in real terms. In that context, the share of the budget that is going to local government is increasing as a consequence of the decisions and choices that this Government has made.