Wednesday, 17 October 2012

The missing Scottish millions.






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2 comments:

Jonny, West Lothian said...

Those figures in your photographs are nothing short of lies.

See the Scottish Government's own figures for identifiable spending solely benefitting Scotland: £52 billion for 2010/11 not including any debt repayments or defence spending. Or the Olympics. And only including road and rail expenditure on links IN Scotland.

Please stop posting lies.

Look here if you don't believe me:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/03/9525/7

I bid you good day.

Key bored warrior. said...





Jonny it is difficult to see what table your figures are from and how you are using them, in the ineterst of clarity perhaps you would indicate the detail, or as my old sums teacher would often put in the margin of my sums jotter, "show working."

The question none of you can ever answer of course is this: If Scotland is in receipt of never ending subsidy from the UK purse, is that not a very poor reflection on the Union between Scotland and England how it leaves one partner in poor circumstances? After all they have had 304 years to help Scotland out of it's poverty and much vaunted subsistence mentality? It is true that in 1707 Scotlands population was 20% of that of the UKs, now it is barely 9%, a very poor advert for the Union and one that if the vote were called today would surely see it revoked.

Secondly if we have been such a drain all these centuries why on earth has England tolerated us for all that time?


In terms of lies here is a good wee read and how Westminster distorts the figures to present Scotland in a bad light. Lies are what this Union is built on and poor old failed chancellor Alastair Darling is tasked with keeping the lies rolling.


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Westminster released false figures to ‘distort’ Scottish economy
Posted by Alexander Porter 1569.20pc on November 07, 2012 · Flag


SNP MP Stewart Hosie has accused the treasury of misleading the Scottish public



by Laura Wilkinson

It emerged last night that a UK treasury report released last week used adjusted figures based on the 2001 census, releasing findings over Scottish public spending raising fears that UK civil servants will be deployed to manipulate public opinion ahead of Scotland’s independence referendum.

Stewart Hosie, SNP MP for Dundee East, has accused UK treasury’s use of inaccurate and misleading public spending figures in Scotland as a “dodgy dossier of meaningless figures” designed to support the anti-independence campaign.




The treasury report based on the 2001 census to project Scottish public spending per head whereas figures for London and the UK were based on the 2011 census. The treasury’s findings show the average public spending per person in Scotland to be £10,088 compared to £9,613 for Londoners.

However, it has been reported that if the numbers for London had been calculated using the 2001 census figures, the average Londoner would be the recipient of £678 more than the average Scot.

The manipulation of the figures will heighten Scots' distrust of Westminster and the UK’s civil service at a time when Unionist parties are struggling to instil confidence in the UK parliament’s competence.

The treasury report claims that Scotland is one of the most costly areas for UK public spending and so the revelations of using misleading data will be widely perceived as an attempt to undermine Scottish self-confidence by encouraging a view of Scots as 'subsidy junkies'.

Mr Hosie said that the report did not take suitable adjustment in its calculations, underestimating the UK population distributions and not considering the tax contribution per capita.

He said: “The fact of the matter is that Scotland contributes 9.6% of UK tax revenues despite forming just 8.4% of the UK’s population.”

Danny Alexander, Treasury chief secretary, used the figures to persuade the public that Scotland benefits from being part of the union with the UK.

The SNP has criticised the use of the figures by the no campaign as “painting a distorted picture of Scotland” to win support for the anti-independence campaign.

http://www.scottishtimes.com/westminster_scottish_economy


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