People and planet will be at core of Scottish Budget

People and planet will be at the core of the Scottish Budget, say the Scottish Greens, who have highlighted its focus on tackling poverty and the climate crisis.

The Budget, to be unveiled by acting finance secretary John Swinney MSP on Thursday, is the second since Greens took up posts in government.

Speaking ahead of its publication, the Scottish Greens finance spokesperson Ross Greer MSP said:

“Between soaring prices and sky-high inflation, the Westminster government has caused huge damage to household budgets and unleashed chaos on our economy while leaving the Scottish Government to pick up the pieces.

“Today’s Scottish budget will make real our commitments on climate and nature. It will stand in stark contrast to the climate vandalism and economic pain being inflicted by the Tories.

“With Scottish Greens in government, we have worked to ensure that this is a progressive package that delivers for the communities who have been hammered by years of Downing Street’s cruelty and incompetence. 

“So people and planet will be at the core of this Budget, which will build on the progress we have made since the Scottish Greens joined the government 18 months ago, and take further steps on our journey to a fairer, greener society.

“Whether it is free bus travel for everyone under 22, the winter rent freeze, or the huge increase and expansion of the Scottish Child Payment, it is the Scottish Government, where Greens are at the table, that is the only administration in the UK making these vital changes.”