A regular update on how the SNP is cutting the throat of culture in Scotland. The headlines on finance secretary John Swinney's budget yesterday trumpeted that he had ruled out an increase in Scottish income tax next year. From next year Scotland gets its own tax raising powers. There is a good overview on the BBC.
But yet again history gets the chop.
The budget for what used to be called Historic Scotland (but now after a political land grab includes the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland) has been cut from £44.6 million to £44.3 million.
To put that into context, the 2013 budget figures for Historic Scotland alone were £47 million.
It goes without saying that everything else cultural is hacked too. Creative Scotland is down from £56.7 million to £52.6 million; and the national performing companies are down from £27.6 million to £22.9 million.
You can read the budget details here.