SNP government expansion of Golden Jubilee Hospital creating 800 jobs is example of why Scotland's economy is growing fastest in UK
MSP Gil Paterson has applauded news that Scotland’s economy is the fastest growing in the UK.
New figures show Scotland’s economy has grown 0.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2017.
This is four-times the UK growth rate for the same quarter, the Clydebank MSP stressed.
In Scotland production grew by 3.1 per cent and services by 0.3 per cent.
Since 2007 Scotland’s economy has grown by more than seven per cent – the UK has grown 0.4 per cent.
The findings are detailed in the latest Scotland Gross Domestic Product report.
Mr Paterson said: “Scotland is certainly proving to be a key driver of economic performance across the UK
“The enormous investment in the Golden Jubilee National Hospital is testament to this.
The hospital is world-renowned for its heart expertise and the Scottish Government investment will see it expanded and 800 completely new jobs, not transfers, created. And, I know the hospital is going to great efforts to recruit locally.
“The SNP government’s investments £6 billion infrastructure plan will definitely have spurred this growth.
“Additionally, the Scottish Growth Scheme of £500 million put a considerable investment in our businesses.
“Investing in people with modern apprenticeships and education will continue to support our local economy.
“We risk losing this success with the instability Brexit will create alongside the Tories’ austerity onslaught.
“A hard Brexit is predicted to cost Scotland 80,000 jobs, £11 billion a year and make everything more expensive.
“To avoid this hard Brexit, Scotland must not be torn out of the EU single market – too much relies on it.
“Scotland’s strong performance shows amazing prospects for the future, which means we’ll all be better off.”