Jackie Baillie MSP, Derek Mackay and the Holyrood parliament building.

By Democrat reporter

Dumbarton, Helensburgh and Lomond constituency MSP, Jackie Baillie, has called for the Scottish Government to provide details of how they will plug a funding shortfall of hundreds of millions of pounds.

New figures have revealed that Scotland’s finances face a shortfall of over £200 million by 2021 after tax revenues were almost £1 billion less than expected for 2017/18.

The shortfall could prove to be a disaster for public services in Scotland.

Jackie Baillie said: “A shortfall in the Scottish budget means cuts to public services, and this gap of more than £200 million could spell real problems for vital services.

“People in West Dunbartonshire and Argyll and Bute have already suffered from cuts to local government with increases in social care charges and cuts to youth work funding.

“Public services are already stretched to breaking point. The cuts being made as a result are impacting on our most vulnerable people.

“It is clear that Derek Mackay needs to spell out how he will use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to plug the gap.”

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