Scaremongering over austerity

TOM Peterkin reports Mr Swinney stating “the Chancellor is planning to impose a further £25 billion of cuts and austerity on the people of Scotland” (News, 16 March).

This is nonsense. The spending plan for the Scottish Budget projects £2.7bn of cuts by 2017-18, whilst Scotland’s share of cuts in welfare reform would be around the same amount.

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This dodgy accounting takes Scottish Government scaremongering to new heights, following on from the First Minister’s fictional “£8bn relative surplus” last week. Perhaps the finance secretary could set out his budgetary arithmetic for the benefit of Scotland on Sunday’s readers.

Professor Arthur Midwinter, Falkirk