Speaking in response to the Finance Secretary’s statement on the government’s financial strategy, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie said:
“The Finance Secretary’s refusal to be straight with people is a mistake.
“Scottish ministers are presiding over forecasts that hold a horror show in store for Scottish public services next year.
“Yet the Finance Secretary tried to brush this off by saying he could use reserves or borrowing to cover his losses. But the Scottish Fiscal Commission report says ‘these will not cover all of the expected reconciliations’.
“It is disappointing that Derek Mackay dodged my question to him and has refused to admit that the scale of the cuts required under his watch has got worse since December 2018.
“People in Scotland need confidence that the Finance Secretary has a proper grasp of the seriousness of how much this is going to cost people. He can’t dodge for much longer.”