Half of Scottish budget ‘will be spent on health’

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Spending on health could mean cuts elsewhere, with researchers warning “austerity isn’t over” for Scotland Spending on health could mean cuts elsewhere, with researchers warning “austerity isn’t over” for ScotlandPETER BYRNE/PA

Half of Scotland’s day-to-day budget will be spent on the health service within three years, according to economic research.

A report by economists at the Fraser of Allander Institute also found that any further increases in health spending to meet projected growth would provoke squeezes elsewhere.

The independent analysts, based at Strathclyde University, said that the government would need to consider a wider range of revenue-raising options beyond tweaking income tax or look at further public sector cuts. They warned that “austerity isn’t over” for much of the public sector in Scotland.

The report showed that the outlook for the Scottish budget had improved thanks to the Barnett formula consequentials announced at last month’s UK budget. Researchers said some of the increase was likely to…

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  • Politics
  • Scottish National Party
  • UK politics
  • Education
  • Caroline Lucas