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Westminster Manifestos 'Threaten Scots Services'

Magazine article Public Finance

Westminster Manifestos 'Threaten Scots Services'

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Spending cuts planned by Labour and the Conservatives will damage 'cherished' public services in Scotland, according to the Scottish National Party.

Launching the party's general election campaign on April 12, First Minister Alex Salmond warned that flagship policies such as free personal care for elderly people, free higher education and the recruitment of 1,000 extra police officers were under threat from the 'London parties'.

He claimed Labour's Budget forecasts suggested £30bn of cuts for Scotland over the next 15 years and that the Conservatives were planning a 'Cameron cut' aimed directly at Scottish spending.

Although devolved Scotland has full control over policies in areas such as health, education and police services, the level of funding is influenced by finance allocated by Westminster through the block grant.

Salmond said: 'Labour and the Tories now threaten deeply cherished policies such as free personal care, free education and community policing.'

On the day the Labour Party launched its UK manifesto, Labour in Scotland produced a Scottish version covering policies reserved to Westminster and those devolved to Scotland. …

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