Holyrood Government has announced a major programme comprising 80 building projects. The programme has been designed to boost the economy. SNP ministers claim that the projects will produce more jobs and encourage growth. The Scottish government claims that it would continue with the multi-million pound building programme, despite budgets being slashed by Westminster. The programme will comprise of 50 specific building projects and 30 infrastructure programmes throughout Scotland.
Alex Neil, the infrastructure secretary, has told of how the projects are all significant developments, designed to both boost growth and benefit future generations. Mr. Neil has also stated that the programme will provide much-needed support for employment, supporting 1,400 jobs for a year.
Holyrood ministers have claimed that the financial support they receive from Westminster is being reduced by £3.3 billion over the course of three years, 11 per cent below the level of funding received in 2010/11. The capital budget, designed for infrastructure projects, is being reduced by 36 per cent. Mr. Neil has urged the UK Government to provide Scotland with significant, new borrowing-related powers.
Westminster ministers have claimed that they support their deficit reduction plan and have drawn attention to the UK Government’s Autumn Statement that, over the course of four years, contains a £433 million boost to Scottish capital projects.
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