Scottish Government accused of cutting flood defence budget to pay for failing IT system overrun

It’s the question on everybody’s lips – if you hadn’t cut the flood defence budget, would my home, business and livelihood be under water?

The problem with failing IT systems such as the infamous CAP Rural Payment system – now running at over £100m over budget and costing circa £2m per week ongoing – is that when they overrun, that cost has to be met from somewhere.

More often than not these ‘savings’ come from vital services – hospitals, police, fire service, and – one of the first to go – flood defences!

Surely now is the time to ask Nicola Sturgeon where the money is actually coming from to pay for this fiasco.


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