Labour and Conservative Spending Plans (Public Services)

First Minister’s Question Time – in the Scottish Parliament at on 6 June 2024.

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Photo of Bob Doris Bob Doris Scottish National Party

The Deputy First Minister mentioned earlier the warnings by the Institute for Fiscal Studies that Labour and Tory spending plans will mean sharp cuts for public services. Has the Scottish Government considered the impact of those plans on the Scottish Government’s budget and, consequently, the vital devolved Scottish public services, not least our national health service?

Photo of Kate Forbes Kate Forbes Scottish National Party

When it comes to the funding that Labour is talking about making available to Scotland’s NHS, it beggars belief that it is actually lower than the consequentials that we received from the Conservative Government. Our priorities will always be to protect Scotland’s public services and to mitigate austerity, but there is only so much that we can do. If the IFS is saying that Labour and Tory spending plans would mean sharp spending cuts, it really needs to get an answer, not least when Rachel Reeves is saying that there will be no more money.