Budget is good news for Scotland

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP and Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell MP has welcomed a £350m boost for Scotland in today's Budget.

The announcement by the Chancellor is on top of the £800m announced in November's Autumn Statement leading Mr Mundell to call on the Scottish Government to use the money to help grow the Scottish economy.

He also said that in his constituency there is no excuse for the SNP not to get on with investing dualling the A75 and investing in the NHS to help solve the GP crisis across rural areas.

“This Budget follows this year’s historic Scottish budget where, for the first time, the Scottish Government had far greater choice than ever before about their tax and spending decisions.  The Autumn Statement announced an additional £800m for Holyrood, and this Budget allocated a further £350m. 

“That means, in the past year, the UK Government has set out an extra £1 billion of investment in Scotland.  It is now up to Holyrood to use this money, along with their raft of newly devolved powers, to make the right decisions to grow Scotland’s economy.

"There is no excuse at all for not pressing ahead with important local infrastructure projects like dualling the A75 or investing in the NHS to combat the GP crisis.”