McAvoy: We can’t plan for the fu­ture

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Coun­cil leader Ed­die McAvoy has crit­i­cised last week’s bud­get for not out­lin­ing a three-year fund­ing set­tle­ment for Scot­land.

The coun­cil­lor for Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North said the big­gest im­pact would be felt by those on ben­e­fits.

And he was also un­happy the coun­cil can­not plan for the fu­ture as they look to bal­ance the books in the com­ing years.

A few weeks ago, we re­ported that of­fi­cers were pre­dict­ing nearly £85mil­lion worth of cuts over the next three years.

But that will not be con­firmed un­til a set­tle­ment is reached.

He said: “The £12bil­lion cuts will af­fect a lot of peo­ple on ben­e­fits and coun­cils will need to come in and help these peo­ple. He also didn’t an­nounce the three year spend­ing re­view. It’s July now and we’re com­ing into Au­gust, yet we have no idea how to set our bud­get.”

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