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The financial agreement for the DUP to back a UK Conservative government would mean an additional £15 million for the Western Isles if the spending was subject to the normal funding rules, argues the Scottish Government.

 

The Barnett formula is used to work out the allocation of per head of population funding for Scotland.

 

But the extra £1 billion being given to Northern Ireland under the Tory -DUP power pact is direct cash and does not come under the Barnett rules says Downing Street .

 

The Scottish Government said it will raise a formal dispute, if the situation is “not satisfactorily” resolved by the Treasury.  

 

SNP MSP Alasdair Allan criticised the deal: “If the UK Government has managed to find £1 billion for Northern Ireland, to get themselves out of a political hole, then a fair increase must also be provided to Scotland.

 

“Public services in the Western Isles are due at least £15 million, based on our local population share of the cash.

 

“If the UK government continue to dig their heels in and ignore the Barnett formula then this raises some very difficult questions for Scottish Secretary David Mundell,” he added.

 

David Mundell previously stressed any extra funding for Northern Ireland under a Conservative -DUP

He said: "I certainly won't support funding which is deliberately sought to subvert the Barnett rules.

“If the funding falls within Barnett consequentials, it should come to Scotland."

 

Western Isles “loses” out on £15 million over DUP deal claims SNP

27 June 2017