Joint statement by the Scottish Government and STUC on the UK Government’s budget
Following a bi-annual meeting between the Scottish Government and STUC, the two organisations have released the following statement on the UK Government’s Budget.
“We stand together in our opposition to the UK Government’s continued austerity and do not believe that it is appropriate to give tax cuts for the richest in society, whilst cutting the support available to the poorest.
“The reality of the budget is that Scotland will continue to be hit by UK austerity, the impact of the decision to leave the European Union and there was very little in the budget to boost Scotland’s public services.
“The changes announced to universal credit do not anywhere near far enough so we continue to call for the roll-out of Universal Credit to be halted.
“The Scottish Government’s resource block grant from the UK Government remains almost £2 billion lower in real terms next year compared with 2010-11. The UK Budget represents a missed opportunity to properly invest in the economy and our public services, and instead the UK Government is persisting with austerity and its approach to Brexit which creates a significant threat to our economy.”