Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie, has said that people will be astounded to learn that the Scottish Government ended last year with a half billion pound underspend.
The £444m underspend runs contradictory to claims by the Scottish Government that austerity meant they had to close courts, merge Scotland’s police forces and held them back from giving hospitals and schools badly needed support.
Mr Rennie today said the Scottish Government must come clean with the people of Scotland over whether this was intended as a referendum rainy day fund.
Mr Rennie said:
“People will be astounded to learn that the Scottish Government ended last year with a half billion underspend. This runs contradictory to their claims that austerity was forcing their hand into unpopular and short-sighted decisions to close courts, centralise Scotland’s police forces and refrain from giving schools and hospitals badly needed support.
“In tough economic times there is a fine line between effectively managing public spending and effectively supporting public services. During the referendum the SNP in the Scottish Government took its eye off the ball.
“People will wonder if this underspend occurred because the SNP’s focus was on the referendum or because it was intended as a referendum rainy day fund. SNP ministers should come clean over their reasoning for this huge underspend.”