SNP 'waste' over 100m of taxpayer's money

  • Kristy Ellis
The Scottish Conservatives have highlighted over 112m of wasted taxpayer's money by the SNP Government.

The Scottish Tories believe the SNP should avoid tax increases by improving efficiency and getting better value for money.

Losses Include:

• £32,000 lost over the last 3 years by civil servants losing mobile phones and computers

•£2.4m lost after the Scottish Government gave a grant to a firm that promptly went bust

• £440,000 lost in the Prison Service after an IT system was dumped due to ‘technical difficulties’

Scottish Conservative shadow cabinet secretary for finance Murdo Fraser said:

Instead of raising our taxes, the SNP needs to get its own house in order.

“These figures show that, under the SNP, more than £100 million of taxpayers’ money has been simply been chucked in the bin.

“The Nationalists have the money to keep taxes down, but thanks to mismanagement and waste, they now want taxpayers to cough up.

“Ultimately, driving up taxes will damage Scotland’s economy, cutting the funds that pay for schools and hospitals.

“There is still time for Derek MacKay to see sense. The SNP promised not to increase the basic rate of income tax. He must honour that pledge this week, or risk losing all credibility.

“Scotland should not be the highest taxed part of the UK. Instead, the SNP should cut the waste and deliver better value for taxpayers.
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
  • Alfie Baron

Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.