SNP shut down by Rishi Sunak as MP tries to make power grab to decide Scottish taxes

The Chancellor hit back at Alison Thewliss stating that the furlough scheme had helped protect 9 million jobs. Mr Sunak added the furlough scheme is one of the most comprehensive and generous support packages available in the world.

The SNP MP said: “Will you agree with the SNP that we need a stimulus package of at least £80billion including a two percent cut to employers’ national insurance contribution and reducing VAT for the hospitality sector as demanded by the Scottish Government?

“If he does not believe these steps should be taken will he allow the Scottish Government to have the full sweep of financial powers that it requires to meet this challenge?”

Mr Sunak replied: “I am proud of what this Government has put in place and the speed in which it has done so.

“9 million people’s jobs have been protected from our furlough scheme.

“2.7 million self-employed have had their incomes supported.

“Millions of companies have received access to loans, grants and tax deferrals.

“In summary, this represents £130 billion of support, one of the most comprehensive.”

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