The short answer for Gary and Ross, without the waffle: a simple self-evident graph acquired under Freedom of Information Act. The figures are raw and data contains no spin whatsoever, it is self-explanatory. (http://www.shetnews.co.uk/letters/14553-worst-deal-of-all and http://www.shetnews.co.uk/letters/14558-there-isn-t-a-short-answer).
For a further information available from, Fraser of Allander Institute and Department of Economics, University of Strathclyde.
Note their classic comment from the Institute, on the SNP spinning figures: “In our view, none of this debate is helped by the way in which the Scottish Government presents its budget.
“The information in the budget isn’t particularly easy to understand. And the selective data that the government presents often appears designed to support their arguments rather than to help inform the debate.”
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 440 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News