Nicola Sturgeon lets slip Scotland is ALREADY overspending money allocated by Westminster

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Ms Sturgeon told the coronavirus press briefing that she was expecting the UK Government to offer those funding commitments in good faith despite the fact they have already been made to Scottish businesses by the SNP. Scotland’s First Minister added that she is offering the maximum support to businesses she can but feels this is the minimum amount that should be given.  

Ms Sturgeon said: “The Scottish Government is providing as much support as we can within the constraints of our budget.

“We do not have the borrowing powers that the UK Government holds so we operate within a largely finite budget.

“We are seeking to maximize that as much as possible, in fact, the support we have committed to for businesses actually goes beyond the funding commitments we have from the UK Government.

“Although we are operating on good faith that those funding commitments are going to follow.

“I do think what we are offering is the maximum we can offer but it is the minimum that is needed.

“Therefore, we continue to press the UK Government and I will be fair to the UK Government, they have done a lot in terms of businesses support.

“But we need to see more of that and that will be an ongoing discussion that we have.”

Scotland’s First Minister also warned of the added dangers coronavirus will bring in the winter. 

She said: “Although we continue to see some positive signs in our data just now, and that’s all down to the sacrifices people across the country are making, we still are dealing with a very fragile and volatile situation.

“The risk we would bear is going deeper into the winter with a high baseline of infection and that would mean any increase in the R number could quickly see the virus overwhelm us and overwhelm our hospitals.”

Ms Sturgeon added: “We’ll be monitoring the situation closely ahead of the first review of our new levels system next Tuesday.”

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The SNP leader also called for the people of Scotland to follow Government advice during the lockdown.

She said: “In the meantime though, I asked everybody to remember that we all have a part to play in this; the more all of us abide by the rules, the more chance we have of making the progress we need to see.

“Although this virus makes us all feel a little bit powerless, and at times bewildered, none of us are powerless in the face of this.

“If we all stick to the rules, we make an individual and a collective impact on the spread of it.”

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