First Minister laughs at £200 million loss for rural economy


At First Minister’s questions today, the First Minister completely ignored concerns raised by Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affair spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP that £200 million worth of funding that would usually be injected into the rural economy in December is instead sitting on the government’s accounts. 

The North East MSP said: “Trust in this shambles of a government is so low that almost a third of farm businesses have not taken up the offer of a loan to replace their entitled CAP payment. 

“That means that £200 million worth of farm subsidies, that would be used to pay for workers, supplies, farm services and equipment and help support our rural communities is instead sitting in the SNP’s petty cash box. 

“The First Minister will not be surprised that I was very disappointed when instead of taking this issue seriously she chose to start laughing in the chamber. An incompetent First Minister and an incompetent government. Not good enough.”


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