However, a leading economist rebuked this claim as “not true” and said the finance secretary’s figures simply did not add up.
David Phillips, associate director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) told the Scottish Herald: “Firstly, it’s not clear to me where she has got that number from because looking at the announcements made, a number of them are England-only which would lead to Barnett consequentials.
“The £21million must be from a very narrow definition of things that were announced yesterday that hadn’t been announced or trailed before the speech, as I can’t see where that figure has come from.”
During his announcement on Wednesday, Mr Sunak told the Commons: ”Millions of people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been protected by the UK Government’s economic interventions – and they will be supported by today’s plan for jobs.
“No nationalist can ignore the undeniable truth: this help has only been possible because we are a United Kingdom.”