SNP get an extra billion for second Forth Road Bridge…

The Scots have had a good ten years start on Northern Ireland re fiscal management. Plus they don’t have antithetical interests endlessly competing inside the Scottish Government tent. Which may be one reason why they have a £40 million underspend whereas Northern Ireland, according to some sources, has an overspend of up to £73 million. It hasn’t stopped the SNP trying to die in the ditch for more Whitehall cash for the second Forth Road bridge. Mostly because of a £2 billion shortfall in the amount needed to cover the whole project. Intense negotiations between Yvette Cooper from the Treasury and the Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy on one hand and the Scottish Finance Minister John Swinney yielded an extra £1/2 billion in cash through Barnett (from the cancelled Glasgow Crossrail project), with up to another £600 million being leveraged through savings, property sales and keeping this year’s underspend.

The SNP has claimed it needs another £1 billion for ancillary projects (which may simply not be forthcoming, despite further scheduled meetings). Which is precisely the figure our burnt fingered speculators on the hill have been holding out for… As Pete might say: crossed fingers indeed

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  • fin

    They also seem to have an ability to spend money more wisely Education and Health spring to mind, NHS cash is divvied up between England, Scotland and Wales. Scotland and Wales have invested in key areas, England has spend the cash on silly parts of the NHS to grab headlines……..

  • Interesting that the SNP are shelving a major public transport scheme to build a new road on the other side of the country.