Treasury to provide ringfenced funding of up to 5m should planned visit go ahead
The UK government has pledged to cover up to 5m in extra policing costs if President Trump visits Scotland to go golfing later this month.
Liz Truss, the Treasury secretary, wrote to the Scottish governments new justice secretary, Humza Yousaf, to confirm that any policing costs directly associated with Trumps visit on 13 July would be paid by the Treasury.
Ministers in Edinburgh were alarmed last week when Iain Livingstone, the interim chief constable of Police Scotland, estimated the force could need up to 5,000 officers at a potential cost of 5m to properly police his visit.
Livingstone said rest days had been cancelled and shifts had been rearranged to ensure enough officers were available to provide up to 24 hours of cover, including the policing of mass protests scheduled for Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Yousaf complained it was completely unacceptable for Scottish taxpayers to foot the bill for an official visit organised by the UK government.
Truss said that although policing in Scotland was devolved and therefore a Scottish government responsibility, she would provide ringfenced funding of up to 5m should a visit from the president be confirmed.