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S5O-01521: Jamie Halcro Johnston (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve access to public services in remote and rural areas.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 30 November 2017

High quality public services, such as the construction of the new £275 million Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, delivered on time and on budget, is a clear indication that The Scottish Government is driving an ambitious programme that provides excellent public services that support our more fragile communities.

As well as investment in 100% broadband provision to include our rural and remote communities and £3billion dualling the A9, £120m of Pupil Equity funding in 2017-18 has provided additional resources to the majority of schools in rural communities.

This despite our block grant for day-to-day spending on public services being cut, in real terms, by more than £500 million over the next two years by the UKG.