Responding to comments from David Phillips, associate director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, highlighting that Scotland is predicted to face a £3.5bn overspend at next week’s government spending review, Scottish Liberal Democrat finance spokesperson John Ferry said:
"Scotland gets a good deal as part of the United Kingdom's pooling and sharing arrangements and Nicola Sturgeon is only too happy to cash the cheques.
“Unfortunately the SNP's management of the Scottish economy has left a gaping hole at the heart of our public finances. The fact is Scots are faced with paying more and getting less under the SNP.
"Almost every economic intervention the SNP have attempted has blown up in their faces and Scottish ministers are becoming a byword for managerial incompetence. It’s time to replace this SNP/Green government with one that has a clear plan for driving up productivity, encouraging investment and creating highly skilled, well-paid jobs. That’s how to close the gap.”