19th December 202
The Scottish budget announced last week will cause significant problems for Councils like South Lanarkshire, according to the local Liberal Democrats.
Rutherglen Councillor Robert Brown, who is the South Lanarkshire Liberal Democrat Group Leader, said that the SNP government’s budget was a squalid trap for Councils, keeping the money in Edinburgh but passing the blame for cuts in council services or council tax rises to Councils.
Robert Brown said:
“The SNP Government have had the largest ever block grant this year from the UK Treasury but, according to estimates by COSLA, the local government body, the money passed on to Councilsamounts to a £100m cut to Councils’ core Settlement even before account is taken of pay and inflation pressures.
At a time when council services – like sports facilities, libraries, halls, schools and elderly care – are more important than ever before with Covid, this is a Budget which is quite rightly described by COSLA as one that “barely allows Local Government to survive.”
The SNP/Green Government have ended the council tax freeze and theoretically given South Lanarkshire and other Councils more power over the level of the council tax – whilst at the same time, taking away the money needed.
And care workers are being sold out too – with a derisory 48p hour pay rise.
It is time that Council funding – which supports many of the basic public services – was properly and adequately supported.”