18 Oct 2012
Despite struggling to explain how it will pay for universal free services, the SNP today pledged everyone in a separate Scotland an extra £500.
The remarks were made by deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon, who said she was determined to add to a tab which already includes free personal care, prescriptions, higher education and bus travel for over 60s.
This is despite a range of experts stating Scotland cannot afford its current commitment to these policies, let alone creating more.
Scottish Conservative chief whip John Lamont MSP said:
“We know that providing all these free services has to be paid for somehow, but the SNP refuses to detail how.
“Now Nicola Sturgeon has added £500 per head onto that bill.
“It is clear that the only way a separate Scotland would finance this is by hiking taxes hugely, or increasing borrowing.
“As ever, it is another populist assertion by the SNP, with absolutely no detail on how it could be paid for.”