BUDGET: UK GOVERNMENT BETRAYAL ON TAYSIDE INVESTMENT
TORIES SHORT-CHANGE TAYSIDE BY £50MILLION SHORTFALL ON CITY DEAL
Philip Hammond’s Budget has left people in Tayside disappointed as the UK government failed to match Scottish Government funding for the Tay Cities Deal.
The Scottish Government has already pledged £200million to the Tay Cities Deal, however the Chancellor today announced that the UK government would be investing just £150million in the project.
SNP politicians Pete Wishart MP and Shona Robison MSP have called on the Treasury to stump up the missing £50 million – with promises made by Westminster to match funding on a 50/50 basis.
This is not the first time that the UK government has failed to match the Scottish Government’s level of investment – the Scottish Government has invested 1/3rd more than the amount spent by Westminster on deals for Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Edinburgh.
Pete Wishart MP said:
“The Tories’ failure match the £200million pledged by the Scottish Government is a betrayal of my constituents and people across. Tayside. It demonstrates how little they care about vital investment in this community.
“The Tories had yet another chance to prove their commitment to the region, but have failed to come up with the goods.
“We’ve been short changed by £50 million – that’s unforgiveable.”
Shona Robison MSP said:
“The Tay Cities Deal should be an opportunity for huge investment and economic growth in Tayside.
“There’s no excuse for why the Tories have failed to match funding on a 50/50 basis, as agreed.
“They’ve dragged their feet at every part of this process, and now broken their promises to people in Dundee and across Tayside.