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SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has written to Prime Minister David Cameron demanding that he release the Barnett consequentials from the £4.1bn spent upgrading the London sewerage network, in order that vital infrastructure projects in Scotland can be funded, including a dangerous stretch of road in her constituency.


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Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney has today called for more capital investment in order to help economic recovery in Scotland.
 
Mr Swinney said that there were some positive indications of economic recovery in Scotland, but that the process needed to be given a ‘push forward’ with an additional stimulus of capital investment.


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Scotland Office Minster David Mundell and Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson have been challenged to say if they support calls by Mayor Boris Johnson for ‘devo-max’ financial powers for London. 

SNP Treasury spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP said the Tories needed to explain why the Conservatives were saying ‘yes’ to powers for London but ‘no’ to powers for Scotland.


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The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said UK Government ministers have been “very receptive” to his demands for a devo-max settlement for London.
 
The outspoken Tory figure said that London should no longer be a “cash cow” for other regions of the UK and argued that the city’s taxes should be kept and spent locally.


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The SNP has expressed disappointment at the announcement from First Scotland East that it is to discontinue some services in East and Mid Lothian and that it may close its Dalkeith depot, with resulting redundancies.  Up to 200 jobs may go as a result of the decision.

The bus company, which has entered consultation process with trade unions on the possible job losses at its Dalkeith and Musselburgh bus depots, has cited its reason as poor trading performance and increasing fuel costs. 


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The Scottish Government has reacted angrily to plans by the Westminster coalition to plunder a UK wide reserve fund in order to cut English household water bills and pay for a major sewerage scheme in London.

Using new legislation which came into force last Wednesday, UK Treasury Ministers have given the go-ahead for a new £4.1 billion project to build a new sewerage system for London and have sanctioned the release of funds in order to cut the water bills in the South West of England by £50 per household.


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On the day that an eight per cent hike in Air Passenger Duty is to be introduced, the SNP has reiterated calls for Scotland to be treated on par with Northern Ireland to encourage investment for the aviation sector.

Despite APD powers already being devolved to Northern Ireland which, last November, benefitted from a cut by the Treasury, the UK Government struck out a similar measure originally set out in the Scotland Bill after objections from the UK Treasury.