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Scots health service could receive £2bn Treasury boost

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How will the Scottish Government use the £2bn Barnett formula funding boost?

 

Scottish finance secretary Derek Mackay has asked the UK Government to guarantee that Scotland will receive £2bn as a result of decision to boost NHS England funding by £20bn this week.

 

Prime Minister Theresa May said the full amount due to Scotland under the Barnett formula used to allocate funding to the four UK home countries should be passed to the NHS in Scotland and Wales.

 

However, Mr Mackay has expressed concern that the increase in funding promised for England will be matched by funding cuts in other spending areas and that Scotland will not then receive its expected share of the new money.

 

Under the formula, Scotland normally receives around 10% of money announced for England, although the Scottish Government does not have to spend it on health.

 

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