MSP Kelly blasts bud­get

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

The MSP for Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang has said the peo­ple of his con­stituency “de­serve much bet­ter” as the Scot­tish Govern­ment ap­proves its bud­get for 2016/17.

James Kelly MSP said cuts en­forced by the Scot­tish Govern­ment would have a di­rect im­pact on lo­cal peo­ple.

Dur­ing the bud­get de­bate last week, Mr Kelly said the Scot­tish Govern­ment should use its new pow­ers to halt the cuts and in­vest in lo­cal ser­vices, by set­ting the Scot­tish rate of in­come tax 1 penny higher than Ge­orge Os­borne, to gen­er­ate and ad­di­tional £100m.

He added: “Th­ese cuts from the SNP are com­pletely un­ac­cept­able and peo­ple in this con­stituency de­serve much bet­ter. In­stead of cuts to lo­cal ser­vices we could have used the par­lia­ment’s new pow­ers to make dif­fer­ent tax choices.”

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