The North of Ireland £10,706
Public expenditure has widened over the last 12 months between England and Scotland from £1409 to £1624 a 15% increase in the gap.
Two English Tory MP's are up in arms about this gap in expenditure per head; David Mowat MP said,
‘It is right that the Scottish government can set its own priorities and if it wants to prioritise free prescriptions, for example, that is fine. But it is not right that they end up with an extra £1,600 per person to pay for it.Gordon Henderson MP said,
‘This is quite wrong and will rightly cause indignation in England. Many MPs are having to defend deeply unpopular cuts. We do so on the basis that there is no alternative and that the deficit must be brought down.
'This argument looks a bit limp when the Coalition is able to fritter away billions of pounds to appease vested interests north of the border. We should have a funding formula that is based on need.’
‘It is simply wrong that English taxpayers are being asked to help subsidise for people living in Scotland a range of services not available in England, including free prescriptions, free hospital parking, free accommodation in care homes and free university tuition fees.
‘Something has to be done before the justifiable resentment felt by many people about the unfair subsidy English taxpayers are expected to contribute towards superior services north of the border, manifests itself in an anti-Scots backlash.’
Don't you just love it. Plaid Cymru have been arguing this same point for decades, other parties in Wales now agree that a needs based formula is required particularly after Holtham but the Con Dem government in the form of Danny Alexander refuses to address the anomalies except to give us a Calman like commission to report some time in the hazy future.
Perhaps now that English Tory MP's are offended this will move the agenda on towards a fairer needs based funding formula.