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Fiscal Commission needs to force SNP to get their sums right

February 9, 2013 2:23 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Speaking in response to reports that the Scottish Government's fiscalWillie RennieWillie Rennie commission will report on Monday, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie said:

"The commission have had the impossible job to set out how the sums add up for the SNP's plans.

"The SNP have made lots of wild and expensive promises on welfare and capital spending. We will need to see evidence that these can be paid for.

"Crawford Beveridge was reported in Scotland on Sunday before Christmas saying that the nationalists would have to limit excessive spending and borrowing. We now need detail of what these limits would be in practice and answers from the SNP on what these constraints would mean for their costly spending plans.

"Crawford Beveridge will also remember how he was recruited to the SNP's independent budget review in 2010 but saw his recommendations largely ignored by the Scottish Government. He needs to put his foot down this time and insist that they take fiscal responsibility seriously and put the brakes on spending they can't afford.

"The SNP think that promising everyone they meet that they will spend millions of pounds on them is good for votes. But the commission needs to tell them that the promises have to add up."