'Grievance' claim

Tories say Fraser of Allander proves SNP ‘hoarding’ cash

Murdo Fraser

Murdo Fraser: ‘classic nationalist grievances’ (pic: Terry Murden)

Scottish Government ministers have been accused of “hoarding” around £1 billion of funding from the UK Government.

The Scottish Conservatives say analysis by the Fraser of Allander Institute points to the funding for the 2020/21 financial year being uncommitted.

The Tories say it shows that the SNP’s regular funding disputes are “classic nationalist grievances” with “no substance.”

They also highlighted the lack of “transparency” over where the extra £8.2 billion in UK Government Barnett Consequentials have been spent.

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The Institute questions SNP claims that they need to wait on UK Government announcements to make their own decisions are nonsense.

It states: “the Scottish Government did not need to wait for the UK Government to make policy announcements for England before it decided how and when to provide support in Scotland.”

Scottish Conservative finance spokesman, Murdo Fraser said: “The Fraser of Allander Institute have confirmed what the Scottish Conservatives have said for months now about the SNP’s relentless grievance agenda. 

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