Tory maths are flawed

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View -

Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lors are mak­ing a fuss (Re­former, March 28) be­cause the re­cent coun­cil bud­get did not add in a further £1 mil­lion for roads for next year’s bud­get.

But let’s look at the whole pic­ture. The coun­cil, with long-stand­ing sup­port from all par­ties, cur­rently spends £24 mil­lion a year on road main­te­nance and car­riage­way resur­fac­ing and has put an ex­tra £1 mil­lion a year into this in re­cent years.

Con­se­quently South La­nark­shire’s roads are sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter than those in sur­round­ing ar­eas, although they have taken a ham­mer­ing in the bad win­ter.

There is to be a re­view of the roads pro­gramme this year any­way.

Had the Con­ser­va­tives had their way, there would have been £2.5 mil­lion less raised this com­ing year from the coun­cil tax.

That would hardly have helped im­prove the roads.

In ad­di­tion the Con­ser­va­tives would have slashed £1.5 mil­lion off the bud­get for teach­ers and sup­port staff and £2 mil­lion off the fund­ing for the ex­cel­lent pro­pos­als for train­ing 100 much-needed early years and so­cial care staff.

The Con­ser­va­tives would also have can­celled the mod­est pro­pos­als for tack­ling poverty by the long-over­due rise in the school cloth­ing grant, the pro­pos­als for hol­i­day lunch clubs and the in­fla­tion rise in sup­port for the vol­un­tary sec­tor bodies that do so much in our com­mu­ni­ties.

Fund­ing would be slashed with no con­cern for fam­i­lies in need.

I think that is per­haps an al­ter­na­tive bud­get that South La­nark­shire needed like a hole in the head. Robert Brown Lib­eral Demo­crat coun­cil­lor for Ruther­glen South

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