HOLYROOD'S Presiding Officer had to tell off Scottish Tories for speaking over Nicola Sturgeon as she responded to the UK Budget during First Minister's Questions.

SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson initially asked for the Scottish Government's reaction to Rishi Sunak's announcement.

Sturgeon said that there were aspects of the Budget that the Scottish Government welcomed but said there is "much to be disappointed" about, highlighting that it "does not do nearly enough" to address the cost of living crisis many are facing.

While it throws up "considerable challenges" for the Scottish Government, the Scottish Budget will be announced on December 9.

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Gibson then detailed how individuals are facing rising costs of food and fuel and National Insurance contributions are being increased while Sunak cuts taxes on bank profits.

Gibson, Cunninghame North MSP, then referred to criticism from Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for FiscalStudies (IFS), who described the announcement as "actually awful".

During Gibson's contribution, calls could be heard from other MSPs and Presiding Officer Alison Johnstone had to step in to cut it off and allow Sturgeon to respond.

The FM said she suspects she knows why "the Tories didn't want to hear Kenny Gibson's question".

The SNP leader added there were some deeply uncomfortable truths in it for them.

She continued: "There was laughter from the benches of the Conservatives when I said we would have less money in every year of the spending review than we do have this year.

"Between this year and next year, Scotland's resource budget is being cut by 7.1% in real terms. The equivalent reduction for our capital budget is 9.7% in real terms. So that's the reality and I'm not surprised the Tories don't like it."

At this point, Johnstone had to step in once more as calls were again heard from the Tory benches.

The Presiding Officer said she would "very much like" to hear Sturgeon's response and told them to "desist from commenting from a sedentary position".

Sturgeon continued: "Two final points Presiding Officer that I suspect the Conservatives will also not want to hear. It is the case that on the issue of living standards, the director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies said yesterday about the Budget: 'This is actually awful. More years of real incomes barely growing, high inflation, higher taxes poor growth, keeping living standards virtually stagnant for another half-decade.'"

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She then went on to highlight the changes to Universal Credit, pointing to the Resolution Foundation's warning that of the four million households on Universal Credit "around three-quarters will be worse off" as a result of the UK cutting it by £1040 annually.

The SNP leader said: "Beyond the headlines, those are the realities for individuals and families right across the country. That's why the Conservatives didn't want to hear the facts."

The IFS has warned that millions of people will be worse off next year with household incomes falling as a result of tax and inflation increases.

The Resolution Foundation has said three quarters of Universal Credit claimants will be worse off overall as a result of Tory cuts. Its analysis also found that measures introduced by the UK Government since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister will cost households £3000 a year in tax.