Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today warned that the Scottish Greens have signed up to a budget deal that pads out Government savings while forcing cuts to social care, as he revealed that £54 million of additional money made available by the UK Treasury will not be spent in the budget.
A briefing from the impartial SPICe service in the Scottish Parliament today reveals that £54 million of additional Barnett consequentials will go into the Scotland Reserve rather than being spent in the Budget.
Willie Rennie said:
“Patrick Harvie and the Greens have allowed £54million to be added to the SNP’s rainy-day fund instead of going on public services.
“How inept for the Greens to not even be able to get all of the money that was on offer to them. Instead they have agreed to cut adult social care by £50million.
“That is an appalling attack on services that the elderly and vulnerable rely on.
“This is money that the Greens and SNP should have made sure went to councils to make up for years of SNP cuts.”