The SNP Government cuts have forced spending on Scottish sport to be slashed - Macdonald

The SNP Government cuts have forced spending on Scottish sport to be slashed, Labour has revealed.

As the 2016 Olympic Games draw to a close, it is revealed SportScotland has reduced spending halfway through a two year business plan, after the last SNP budget slashed spending on Scotland’s sporting agency.

Labour's analysis of the revised business plan highlighted a close to £2 million cut for schools and education, including PE, and more than £1.5 million cut from community sports hubs.

In total SportScotland has been forced to cut the amount it invests in the sports stars of tomorrow by 17%, from £55 million to £46 million.

Labour has called on the SNP Government to commit the Barnett consequetials from the UK government ‘sugar tax’ to invest in after school sports clubs.

Scottish Labour Culture and Sport spokesperson Lewis Macdonald said:

“The last month has been incredible for Scottish sport, as Scottish athletes as part of Team GB recorded their best ever results at an overseas Olympics.

“It may have been Rio rather than Glasgow but the spirit of Glasgow 2014 and London 2012 lived on this summer as we racked up the medals.

“Thousands of boys and girls across Scotland will have watched the exploits of Laura Trott, Mo Farah, and of course Andy Murray and be inspired to get on their bike or pick up a racket.

“Rather than build on this excitement and enthusiasm, the SNP have instead slashed funding for our sports agency.

“This isn’t just about discovering the next generation of gold medallists – more Scottish children playing sport will pay off in the classroom and, in the long term, in our health service.

“These short sighted cuts from the SNP will sell Scotland short in the long term.

“Labour would use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to stop these cuts and invest in our young people.”

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