Asked if the PM accepted the spending imbalance in Scotland, the PMS said that that the Government’s priority was to deal with the deficit, but that there was a commitment in the coalition agreement to look at the Barnett Formula once public finances were stabilised. The PMS gave some data examples of regional figures for spending per head specifically that the spending per capita in Scotland is 10,212, in Northern Ireland it is 10,706 and in London it is 10,256. She pointed out that the figures varied across the country. Asked why the disparities were widening, the PMS said that this does vary between regions and that the coalition would look at the Barnett formula, but not until they have sorted out the public finances.
Asked if the PM feared that this would play into an anti-Scottish sentiment, the PMS said that this is why we needed to set out the facts in terms of what the funding was. Asked if any change to the Barnett Formula would have an effect on the Scottish referendum on independence, the PMS said that the PM would campaign to keep out United Kingdom together with every fibre of his being.
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