29 November 2018

The SNP government has taken Tory austerity and quadrupled it for local services, Richard Leonard said today.

The Scottish Labour leader raised the newly published Accounts Commission report into local government finance at First Minister’s Questions.

The report, published today, reveals that council funding was cut by £0.2billion in 2017/18, and the funding for local councils had decreased four times faster than Tory cuts to the block grant.

Richard Leonard raised the case of Catherine Sneddon from Bo’ness. Catherine was one of thousands of parents across Falkirk who received letters from their local schools warning of ‘unprecedented cuts’ in the next year. Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said:

“This time last week the First Minister stood up in this chamber and claimed that she had given ‘a very fair settlement to local government’.

“Instead the Accounts Commission reports that funding for councils was cut in real terms, by £220 million in the last year.

“Meanwhile, funding from the SNP Government to local government decreased at a faster rate, 6.92 per cent, than the Scottish Government revenue budget at 1.65 per cent.

“That’s taking Tory austerity and quadrupling it. It has reached the point where head-teachers in schools across Falkirk are writing to parents to tell them that this so called fair settlement means swingeing cuts.

“And the result is that vulnerable children like Louis, and families like the Sneddons, face the stress of cuts to the services and the support that they need.

Catherine Sneddon said:

“Year in, year out we brace ourselves for cuts to his support network. Take that away from him and other children who need the ASN support packages, and our children decline in physical and mental health alongside their medical issues.”

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