Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today called for a Scottish budget which invests in people through education and mental health, and delivers a fair settlement for teachers and local government as he warned that the budget fails to address the challenges holding Scotland back.
Speaking after the Finance Secretary presented his budget to the Scottish Parliament, Mr Rennie said:
“In our budget discussions with the SNP, we set out clear priorities to help the Scottish economy by investing in people through education and mental health, and a fair settlement for teachers and local government.
“We want stability to help Scotland grow and for that we need the Scottish Government to put aside its costly and damaging campaign for independence.
“The SNP have been in power for 11 years. They have been ignoring our positive suggestions on mental health and education for most of that time. So it is a bit steep for them to now expect us to step in to save them while their focus remains on their independence campaign.
“Brexit is costly and damaging. The lessons of Brexit are the lessons for independence. Unless the SNP park their independence campaign the risks to the Scottish economy and productivity will remain.
“This budget fails to address the challenges which are holding Scotland back. Derek Mackay’s fate is now in the hands of the Green Party.”