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Scottish Executive announces a £95 million investment for jobs

As we approach the next UK budget, on 22 April, it is rumoured that up to £1 billion will be slashed from the Scottish executive budget under the guise of "efficiency savings". In a move to combat the potential issue of a £1 billion reduction in the Scottish budget, the ruling SNP party has today announced a £95 million investment into the jobs arena which they believe will help Scotland bounce back from recession.

Alex Salmond is again going head-to-head with Gordon Brown and despite their "cordial" meeting just a few days ago, when the issue of funding for Scotland and the rest of the UK was discussed, their relationship appears strained again. Even though the UK recession took a little longer to hit Scotland, there are serious concerns that job losses will continue to build up for longer than in any other part of the UK. This could cause a very difficult situation at the next general election when the SNP will be hoping to regain power once again.

By passing the blame on to the UK government, and Gordon Brown in particular, Alex Salmond appears to have been successful in deflecting any short-term criticism aimed towards his party. Whether he can continue to pass the buck to blame Gordon Brown in the future is very much open to debate.

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