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Scotland has received a ‘record’ settlement, Alister Jack tells SNP in Commons

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Scottish Secretary Alister Jack has spoken of Scotland’s “record” settlement amid SNP arguments that the Scottish block grant had been “cut”.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross branded Nicola Sturgeon a “fraudulent” Prime Minister in the House of Commons.

Mr Ross said: “Yesterday Nicola Sturgeon wrote in the UKTN that the Scottish Government’s budget this year, and I quote, ‘has not received a single extra penny from the UK Government’.

“The Secretary of State will know that this is completely false and is another example of this deceitful Prime Minister recently being forced to correct the official record in Sottish Parliament for false claims made there.”

The result, a Tory premium on everyone’s mortgages, the Secretary of State thinks he and his new Prime Minister should stop refusing to say sorry and apologize to the public – the least they deserve

SNP MP Patricia Gibson (North Ayrshire and Arran) said during questions about Scotland on the matter: “According to the House of Commons library, the Scottish block subsidy has been cut by 4.1% this financial year and will be cut by a further 6% % in the next financial year – a real reduction of nearly £5 billion over two years.

“The UK government repeatedly claims to increase funding for Scotland, but this is clearly not true.”

Mr Jack said: “The £41bn three-year settlement was a record since devolution began.”

He added: “I stand up for Scotland. But I recognize that the Scottish Government has difficult choices to make. Inflation affects the whole world and the Scottish Government will have to make responsible choices, and I don’t believe it is responsible just to cut their public services by £1.25bn.”

Shadow Scotland secretary Ian Murray urged the government to apologize for the “Tory premium on everyone’s mortgages”.

He said: “It’s not just about the last 12 weeks, it’s about the decisions of the last 12 years. A few weeks ago, a voter came to my practice in tears, their 1.79% five-year fixed rate mortgage was expiring and their remortgage rate was close to 6%.

“This well-known story marks the transition from a stable income and affordable bills to the crushing fear of not being able to pay for the roof over their families’ heads.

“This was completely avoidable, but this government and secretary of state chose to ignore the experts, ignore their own officials and independent agencies like the Office for Budget Responsibility.

“The result, a Tory premium on everyone’s mortgages, the Secretary of State thinks he and his new Prime Minister should stop refusing to say sorry and apologize to the public – the least they deserve.”

Mr Jack replied: “I understand how concerned people are about their mortgages and of course there are a number of factors that affect interest rates but all I would say to him is that we are doing everything we can to limit those factors and people who need it most in this difficult time.”

SNP Mhairi Black (Paisley and Renfrewshire South) called on the government to “stop denying democracy”.

She said: “Scotland’s block subsidy is being cut, our services are being eroded by Tory cuts, the economy is undermined by Brexit and, as part of the UK, Scotland is facing the deepest recession in Europe and this government’s response is more cuts. , despite Scotland rejecting that premise for over 50 years.

“So will the minister and the rest of his disastrous capitalist Tories get out of Scotland’s way and stop denying democracy and allow Scotland to choose its own way out of this nightmare?”

Mr Jack replied: “As (she) knows, the party that denies democracy is the one that does not accept the result of the 2014 referendum.”

Mrs Black replied: “I wouldn’t be here if we didn’t accept the outcome and I don’t need lectures on democracy from a soon-to-be unelected Baron.”