Headline to an item in the DT - "Nine in ten Scots 'living off state's patronage' says Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader.
"Miss Davidson supported her claims by publishing figures from the Office for National Statistics, which showed the average Scottish household consumes £14,151 more in public services every year than it pays in tax.
Even the families in the middle income groups consume around £20,000 more in state spending than they contribute.
However, those in the top 10 per cent pay £17,205 more in tax than they receive in public services. "
HOWEVER - mentioned briefly in the body of the article - "According to the most recent figures, Scotland contributed 9.6 per cent of Britain’s tax take and accounted for 9.3 per cent of public spending. "
I can't get my brain round these staistics - or why so many people in England think they are subsidising Scottish welfare, when it seems that it is the wealthier Scots who are coughing up for their compatriots.
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