08 Feb 2012

Glasgow Shettleston MSP, John Mason, today (Wednesday) welcomed the passing of the Scottish Government’s budget. Mr Mason, SNP MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, spoke in favour of the SNP’s budget for Scotland which sees an extra investment of £381 million over the next three years. The budget also included late changes to accommodate more investment in colleges, transport and – most importantly for the Glasgow MSP – housing.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Shettleston and Deputy Convener of Holyrood’s Finance Committee, John Mason, said:

“This is a good budget for Scotland, delivering real investment during a difficult economic climate.

“A substantial injection of capital investment of £381million will hopefully stimulate economic growth in Scotland and support 5,000 jobs. The SNP Scottish Government is committed tackling unemployment and creating a more prosperous country through investment in transport, housing, health and digital projects.

“We are also committed to helping our young people, which is why the Finance Secretary, John Swinney, has squeezed additional cash for student support and the Opportunities for All programme. I particularly welcome this investment in our young people.

“I believe the Scottish Government has delivered a good budget in difficult times. Working with one hand tied behind its back, the Scottish Government is trying to deliver the best for Scotland with limited resources.

“Today, however, I made the point that, with the normal powers of independence, we could have so much more flexibility and opportunity – the time for subsidising the rest of the UK is over. Scotland is ready to stand on its own two feet.”