SNP Government spending review leaves justice crying out for support
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats
Responding to Institute for Fiscal Studies analysis showing that the Scottish Government's Spending Review promises an 8% real term cut in budgets for police, prisons and justice, and Scottish Police Federation General Secretary Calum Steele telling Good Morning Scotland that the government has "not maintained its manifesto commitment", Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:
"This Spending Review risks making a bad situation even worse for our justice system at a time of immense pressures.
"Tackling rising violent crime, record-breaking court backlogs or appalling levels of domestic abuse cannot be done on the cheap. Against a backdrop of a prison estate bursting at the seams and droves leaving the legal aid practice, the whole system is crying out for support.
"The Scottish Police Federation are right to voice their concerns. Police officers and staff are already under-resourced, under-supported, and stretched to breaking point, and this real-terms cut will only lead to a worse deal for victims.
"At a time when SNP Ministers can seemingly find cash for a second referendum, it appears all they can offer those working in our justice system is a shiver down the spine."