The annual Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) statistics were published last week. This report spells out how much the country raises in taxes compared to how much it spends on public services. The statistics are compiled by Scottish Government statisticians and they calculate the spending that benefits the people of Scotland by the Scottish & UK Governments and all other parts of the public sector in Scotland.
Commenting on the GERS statistics that shows that Scotland had a deficit of £15.1bn in 2019/20, Jackie Baillie MSP for Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Helensburgh & Lomond said:
“These statistics show that Scotland’s deficit has increased and our spending is not matched by the amount of money we raise. What is more concerning is that this is before the economic impact of the pandemic is felt.
“With billions draining from the Scottish economy in the event of separation, this would cost on average almost £2,000 per person and Scotland would be thrust into years of savage and unrelenting austerity.
“We cannot let a generation be lost to austerity caused by the pandemic or the creation of a separate Scottish state. The Scottish Government need to focus on the NHS and jobs, not the constitution. I will continue to fight for the investment and jobs that West Dunbartonshire and Argyll & Bute so badly needs.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Government Expenditure & Revenue Scotland (GERS) 2019-20