Scotland's economy

fact checks related to the scottish economy, taxation and spending

20 October 2021

England hasn’t ‘kept’ £450 billion of Scottish taxes since 2001

A Facebook post claiming England has kept Scottish taxes ignores the money spent by the UK government for or in Scotland.

Read more…
England hasn’t ‘kept’ £450 billion of Scottish taxes since 2001
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.

Read more…
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 incorrectly claimed Scotland has the highest taxes in Europe.

Read more…
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 and education in Scotland and the line-up included Kezia Dugdale, Mike Russell and Fraser Nelson.

Read more…
BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck
12 July 2018

Trump’s visit: what’s the cost?

The government has given £5 million to the Scottish Police to help with the costs of policing President Trump’s visit. Other police forces can also apply for special funding to …

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

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

A report commissioned by the Scottish National Party recommends that an independent Scotland should not immediately change its currency from the pound.

Read more…
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.

Read more…
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.

Read more…
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.

Read more…
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.

Read more…
Scotland: Tax and spending

Full Fact fights bad information

Bad information ruins lives. It promotes hate, damages people’s health, and hurts democracy. You deserve better.