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DEWAR SPLASHES OUT EXTRA pounds 300m.

SCOTS secretary Donald Dewar yesterday unveiled a pounds 14.6billion spending bonanza for Scotland.

He said: "Over pounds 300million of additional money has been found for 1998-99 alone, and the majority of this is going into the priority areas of health and education.

"This sum is equivalent to an extra pounds 60 being spent on every man, woman and child in Scotland."

The Government's annual spending plans revealed an all-time high health budget of pounds 4.6bn - pounds 898 per person - allowing the NHS to tackle waiting times and make progress on heart disease and strokes, mental health and cancer.

With an increase in funding of pounds 9m for pre-school education the Government hopes to fulfil its promise to provide a place for every child.

Cash has also been earmarked for buildings and information technology and, despite cuts in student finance, universities and colleges are set to benefit by up to pounds 17m.

Housing is also to get a boost with pounds 9m for the Rough Sleepers Initiative and further pounds 9m for the Empty Homes Initiative which encourages councils to bring empty homes back into use.

An extra pounds 10m will go to ferry operators CalMac and HIAL for lifeline services to the Highlands and Islands.

Mr Dewar added: "We are off to a great start, delivering on the people's priorities in Scotland."
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Author:Hill, Lorna
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Date:Apr 10, 1998
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