SCOTTISH LABOUR BACKING FOR FAIR DEAL FOR SCOTLAND 

CROSS-PARTY UNITY AGAINST TORY PLANS TO SLASH SCOTLAND’S BUDGET BY BACKDOOR

The SNP has welcomed confirmation that Labour’s leader in Scotland will back the Scottish Government’s position in the negotiations on the Fiscal Framework – as the consensus against Tory plans to cut Scotland’s budget by the backdoor grows.

As confirmed in a Twitter exchange last night, Kezia Dugdale agrees that the Scottish Government’s preferred option of a per capita index reduction model is the best deal for Scotland.

Ms Dugdale is the latest person to join the growing consensus in favour of the Scottish Government’s position – joining the likes of Grahame Smith of the STUC and Professor Anton Muscatelli of the University of Glasgow.

Commenting, SNP MSP Mark McDonald said:

“Labour’s backing for the Scottish Government’s position in the fiscal framework negotiations is very welcome – and shows the growing consensus right across Scotland against Tory plans to cut our budget by the backdoor.

“People in Scotland are right to expect that every party in the Scottish Parliament would back the best deal for Scotland – now that Kezia Dugdale has made her position clear, Ruth Davidson must confirm whether she backs a deal in Scotland’s interests, or whether she will continue to take her orders from the Tory Treasury.

“This isn’t an argument about how much financial detriment or what size of cut to Scotland’s budget is acceptable – the Smith Agreement said no detriment and that’s exactly what the UK Government must agree to.

“The SNP in Government will never agree to a deal which would allow the Tories to cut Scotland’s budget by the backdoor – and it’s very welcome to see that Labour in Scotland have backed this common-sense position.”