20th August 202
South Lanarkshire along with the rest of Scotland gains huge economic value from being part of the United Kingdom, according to the Leader of the Council’s Liberal Democrat Group.
Rutherglen Liberal Democrat Councillor Robert Brown made his comments after the Scottish Government published its annual statistics on government revenue and spending in Scotland (GERS), showing a “blistering” £36.3bn deficit in 2020/21 as the virus took its toll.
Robert Brown said:
“These figures show just how important it is to South Lanarkshire that Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom. The broad shoulders of the UK economy and a strong central bank have provided the financial muscle to expand public spending to support Scottish businesses and the furlough scheme during lockdown and pay the costs of the Covid pandemic. The United Kingdom economy is something from which we all benefit right across these islands.
I dread to think how difficult our financial position would have been if Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon had managed to drag us out of the UK. Last year public expenditure per person in Scotland on public services was £1,828 higher than the UK average, while revenues were £382 lower than the UK average. These are substantial figures and is high time we had some much-needed honesty on these facts from the SNP Government.
The UK’s system of pooling and sharing resources and risk, and the strength of our economy and our pound, ensured that no community was left behind.
Businesses are now restarting, people are getting back to work and the economy is at last able to pick up. As we build a recovery for everyone, we have a solid base to go forward.”
Notes to editors:
See the official GERS figures here on the Scottish Government website.