The ‘Beast from the East’ – the cold wave which swept Britain in February and March – caused the death of thousands of sheep and cattle. Scottish farmers had to pay substantial sums to dispose of the carcasses at approved premises.
The Scottish Government set aside £250,000 for this purpose but there were 2,930 farmers applying so that averages out at £85 per farmer.
In 2017 the Scottish Foreign Aid budget was £10million and Nicola Sturgeon pledged to increase this to £12million a year by 2020.
The Scottish Government has just given £300,000 of emergency aid to Syria, Yemen and South Sudan/Northern Uganda as part of the SNP £1million-a-year humanitarian aid fund.
This £1million is additional to the £10million.
The UK foreign aid budget includes Scotland, so why should Scotland give more whilst farmers and local councils struggle?