SNP fails to account for billions in welfare and pensions pledges

Cost of key promises, including scrapping bedroom tax and freezing retirement age, not covered in Sturgeon's plan to raise UK public spending, says IFS.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has failed to include billions of pounds of extra welfare and pensions costs in her plans to increase UK public spending by £165bn in the next parliament, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said.

The IFS told the Guardian that key Sottish National party pledges, including freezing the state retirement age, increasing universal credit payments, scrapping the bedroom tax and retaining child benefit, are not covered in the Scottish first minister’s proposal to raise public spending across the UK by 0.5% a year.

To pay for the list of promises would require cuts or tax rises of tens of billions of pounds a year if implemented UK-wide, increasing pressure on the SNP to detail the total costs of its spending pledges and how they affect its longer term deficit reduction target

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