FINANCE Secretary John Swinney last night urged the Coalition not to press ahead with another round of spending cuts, and focus instead on investing for growth and jobs.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Finance Quadrilateral in Belfast, when the finance ministers of the three devolved administrations will meet Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, Swinney said Westminster's "wrong-headed" austerity measures had failed to restart the economy and it was time for a different approach.

As part of the latest spending review, George Osborne is looking to cut another £10 billion in 2015, with Scotland's budget falling by several hundred million as a consequence.

Only 10% of the £10bn has been identified so far by Whitehall departments.

Citing calls by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the International Monetary Fund for the UK to relax its austerity programme, Swinney said the Chancellor had to stimulate growth and "end the attacks on vulnerable people in Scotland".

He said: "We must not allow Westminster's wrong-headed approach to ruin Scotland's economic recovery or to create further inequality in our society.

"The Chancellor's approach has been criticised by the OECD, IMF and numerous commentators.

"New research shows that Westminster's welfare cuts have driven more people than ever to food banks as families struggle with austerity. This is simply not acceptable in what should be a wealthy and productive society.

"The UK spending review is a prime opportunity for Westminster to realise the error of its ways and follow the international advice that they should be investing in capital projects and investing now."