Ms McAlpine said:
“This is a budget that takes decisive action to deliver inclusive growth and support public services while protecting, not burdening, those on the lowest incomes.
“A record investment of £13 billion in the NHS is not easy to achieve when you put it in context of £3.9 billion cuts in Scotland’s overall budget from 2010 to 2020, made by the UK Government.
“In 2016/17 NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s budget will be £270.4 million – an increase of 34.7% since 2006/7.”
“Dumfries and Galloway has already benefitted from SNP spending commitments such substantial investments in the new DGRI and Mid Park.”
An extra £90 million investment in the affordable housing supply also represents the first step in meeting the SNP government’s commitment to build 50,000 new affordable homes by 2020/21.
To date 1184 housing association homes have been built in the region under the SNP.
Mr Swinney also announced continued investment in 600 hours of free high-quality early learning and childcare for all three and four year olds and vulnerable two year olds – this will double to 1140 hours by the end of the next Parliament.
Commenting, Ms McAlpine said:
“Early years are a crucial time for a child’s development and it is great to see the SNP committing to double the amount of early learning and childcare – with £500 million already provided to local authorities to facilitate expansion since 2014.
“This week’s budget is one that the SNP can be proud to stand on – and shows that the SNP in government is getting on with the job of delivering for Scotland.”