Scotland's economy

fact checks related to the scottish economy, taxation and spending

1 February 2021

HS2 will not cost Scotland £17 billion

In effect, all money spent by Scotland on HS2 is returned through the Barnett formula.

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HS2 will not cost Scotland £17 billion
10 September 2019

Scotland doesn’t have the highest taxes in Europe

At his first Prime Minister’s questions, Boris Johnson made an incorrect claim about Scottish taxes.

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Scotland doesn’t have the highest taxes in Europe
12 October 2018

BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck

Question Time on 11 October 2018 came from Edinburgh. Topics covered included Universal Credit, Brexit, education in Scotland and whether it was quicker to order pizza or drugs.

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BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck
12 July 2018

Trump’s visit: what’s the cost?

We look at costs and other details of President Trump’s visit to the UK

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Trump’s visit: what’s the cost?
1 June 2018

Would an independent Scotland have to keep the pound and cut public spending?

We look at the findings of a report into what an independent Scottish state could look like.

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Would an independent Scotland have to keep the pound and cut public spending?
26 January 2018

NHS Scotland: how much is being spent?

NHS Scotland spending is planned to increase by £2 billion, accounting for projected inflation, between 2006/07 and 2018/19.

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NHS Scotland: how much is being spent?
26 January 2018

Scotland spends 20% more per head on public services than England

An increasing proportion of the Scottish government’s budget comes from taxes raised in Scotland, rather than the block grant.

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Scotland spends 20% more per head on public services than England
3 November 2017

How big is Scotland’s deficit compared to the UK as a whole?

The Scottish deficit is more than three times that of the UK as a whole, as a proportion of GDP.

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How big is Scotland’s deficit compared to the UK as a whole?
18 May 2017

Scotland: Tax and spending

In recent years more money has been spent in Scotland than has been collected, whether or not you count money collected from the North Sea oil and gas industries.

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Scotland: Tax and spending
14 March 2017

Comparing Scottish and UK growth rates

Is the Scottish economy as strong as the UK’s generally? Not according to the most recent growth figures.

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Comparing Scottish and UK growth rates

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