In the Herald today:
THE annual cost of ministerial offices has almost doubled under the SNP, Scottish Labour has said.
Excluding the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister, the yearly cost of ministerial salaries, office staff and advisers has risen from around £2.4 million in the SNP’s first government in 2007 to more than £4.5m in 2021, the party said.https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19653527.annual-cost-ministerial-offices-has-almost-doubled-snp/
So, first that ‘doubling’ is not 100% correct. It should be 87.5%
Second, UK inflation from 2007 to 2020, has been around 42% and averaged 2.7% so by 2021, 44%.
So, we have a ‘real’ increase in spending of around 44%.
What might justify that?
- The Scotland Act of 2016 which ‘which devolved further powers to Scotland including significant areas of income tax and welfare’ and has 73 items listed.
- The Scotland Act of 2012 which ‘provided the largest transfer of financial powers from Westminster since the creation of the UK’ and has 45 items listed.
- The pandemic measures.
- Numerous initiatives by the SNP Government to improve Scotland’s prospects from minimum pricing to economic links with the Arctic Circle nations.
44%? A bargain?