The SNP has said “independence is the only way to keep Scotland safe from Tory cuts and Brexit decline” – after the Chancellor imposed a new wave of devastating austerity cuts.
Commenting, SNP Shadow Chancellor Alison Thewliss MP said:
“The Tories trashed the UK economy – and now they are making people pay the price for their failure with a new wave of painful austerity cuts.
“Independence is the only way to keep Scotland safe from Tory cuts and Brexit decline.
“With the Tories and Labour Party both imposing the long-term damage of Brexit and cuts, there is no escape from economic decline under Westminster control.
“The Chancellor should have made fairer choices – properly taxing non-doms, banks, share buybacks, and expanding the windfall tax to companies making excess profits – but instead the Tories have chosen to impose devastating cuts to family budgets and public services.
“Mr Hunt should have followed the lead of the SNP Scottish Government by matching progressive policies like the Scottish Child Payment – but instead he has cut household incomes by raising energy bills yet again and imposing stealth taxes on families.
“The Tories and Labour Party are both in denial about the long-term damage they are causing with Brexit, which is reducing economic growth, lowering real wages, increasing costs, and harming public services.
“Neither party can be trusted to fix the economy, when they both continue to impose the biggest factor damaging it.
“The only way to get Scotland’s economy on the road to prosperity is to become an independent country and regain our place in Europe.
“That is the best way to boost economic growth – and the only way to ensure Scotland never again gets Tory governments we don’t vote for.”