FABIANI SAYS SHOVEL-READY SNUB IS "HIGHLY REGRETTABLE"

Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has agreed with comments from the Scottish Building Federation saying George Osborne has “missed a crucial opportunity to accelerate recovery” by snubbing Scotland’s list of shovel-ready projects and is urging the UK Government to listen to mounting calls for infrastructure investment.

Linda said “This Tory snub was a huge blow. Even David Cameron himself had agreed the link between capital investment and protecting jobs – that’s precisely why the Scottish Government submitted this list. This is a dreadful missed opportunity to stimulate the economy by investing in exactly the kind of infrastructure and projects we need to ensure the economic progress of the country now and in the future. This short-sighted approach to the economy is undermining recovery and dragging out this slump for longer than is necessary.

“If the Tories refuse to listen to the Scottish Government, then they should have at least heeded these calls from the business community, including this latest one from Michael Levack.

“The SBF accurately says if the UK Government released the £300 million funding, it would boost jobs in the construction industry – this is simply a missed opportunity, letting Scotland down.

“It only serves to highlight why these decisions should be made in Scotland, with the interests of the Scottish people in mind.”

In a letter in the Scotsman, SBF Chief Executive Michael Levack said it was “highly regrettable” the Chancellor failed to release funding for the projects that would have “boosted direct employment in the construction industry”.

He adds: “By ignoring the Scottish Government’s plea to get shovel-ready projects off the ground, George Osborne has missed a crucial opportunity to accelerate recovery.”

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