Friday, November 02, 2007
Scotland pays its own way
The Herald, 2 November 2007, has demonstrated that Scotland pays its own way, unlike many parts of England.
Scotching the myth // Why the figures being peddled by Scotland’s critics just don’t add up
Public Spending in Scotland - £9631 per head
Public Spending in London - £9748 per head
The tax take from Scotland - £49 billion
Total public spending in Scotland - £49 billion
Scotland brings in £9593 per head in tax - more than anywhere in the UK outside London.
London's Crossrail project is to cost £16 billion - seven and a half times the annual Scottish transport budget. The 2012 Olympics is to be in London.
Tax per head and public spending per head in thousands of pounds (figures rounded down):
North East of England
North West of England
Yorkshire and Humberside
Alex Salmond says that if Scotland is given direct control of North Sea oil and gas it could be the third-wealthiest country in Europe and the sixth-richest in the world. ‘Challenge to the party is to inspire a generation’
Salmond has pointed out that England, particularly London, benefits heavily from spending on UK departments such as defence and the Treasury. Let us control North Sea oil - Salmond
Posted by Anon at 5:25 PM