Two governments compared as election looms

Ludo Thierry

7 key areas of public policy over the period of Tory (and coalition) government at Westminster (2010 to the present).

NOTE: by focusing on period 2010 to 2019 some very impressive SNP Scottish Govt achievements are rather downplayed eg the dramatic improvement in Police numbers achieved during initial ‘minority’ SNP administration which has been subsequently sustained over the whole period):

A tale of two governments: 7 key performance comparisons between the Scottish and Westminster Governments

With a general election on the way, focusing on Brexit and independence, there will be a blizzard of claims about government records. Therefore, we have compared and contrasted the two governments, the UK Conservatives and SNP in Scotland, in a number of significant areas.

It is hugely important to be aware of some of the key figures and outcomes of the UK Government so we have looked the last nine years of both SNP (in Scotland) and Conservative rule for the UK overall. By assessing these results alongside the spending and policies of the Scottish government an interesting comparison can be made.

1. Homelessness and rough sleeping is on the rise in the rest of the UK, while figures fall in Scotland

2. Child poverty levels increasing faster in rest of the UK than in Scotland

3. The use of food banks in the rest of the UK exceeds numbers in Scotland

4. Scottish local authorities set for budget increase, while English local governments suffer massive 49.1% reduction in funding.

5. Carers in Scotland given £452.40 more a year than those in the rest of the UK

6. Police numbers rise in Scotland by 0.28% and fall by 14% in England and Wales, while recorded crime is on the rise in the UK and decreasing in Scotland.

7. A huge number of affordable houses made available under SNP Government, while Conservatives fail to deliver any of the promised homes.

These facts and figures highlight some of the opposing outcomes of nine years of Conservative rule, and approaching nine years of a SNP Government in Scotland.

Most of the powers that impact on these outcomes are not devolved, and are therefore, controlled by a UK government that was not elected to govern Scotland, and does not match the values of the people of Scotland, or address the needs of the country.

Published by johnrobertson834

Retired Professor of Media Politics Not-for-profit independent political analysis

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