A report by Audit Scotland, an independent public body responsible for auditing the Scottish Government, found Scottish councils were £767 million short on cash to tackle the coronavirus crisis and urgently needed cash from the SNP led Scottish Government. Jackie Baillie MSP claimed £800million of funding awarded to Scotland by the UK Government was being held back by the SNP led administration.
Speaking in Holyrood today, she asked Deputy First Minister John Swinney: “Today we hear from Audit Scotland that councils have a staggering budget gap of £767 million as a result of Covid.
“Can the Deputy First Minister tell me therefore why the government is sitting on £800 million of unspent money from the UK government for COVID-related expenditure?
“Why is this not being allocated to help struggling families home-school their children?
“And why is the SNP not putting our children’s education and wellbeing at the very top of the agenda?”
The Audit Scotland report published…
— to www.express.co.uk