Work to­gether to avoid bud­get cuts

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, Ar­gyll and Bute, like all Scot­tish coun­cils, is faced with sav­age bud­get cuts from the SNP gov­ern­ment.

Freez­ing the Coun­cil Tax is ob­vi­ously pop­u­lar, but the down­side is th­ese bud­get cuts.

Our SNP MP and MSPs are try­ing to pin all the blame on Lib Dem, Tory and In­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lors. They seem to for­get the SNP coun­cil­lors also recog­nise that, with­out more money from the SNP gov­ern­ment, cuts will have to be made.

Don’t for­get that the SNP ac­tu­ally won the last coun­cil elec­tion and formed an ad­min­is­tra­tion. They made cuts in their first bud­get, but when the pub­lic protests started they threw in the towel and left it to the other par­ties to pick up the pieces.

In­stead of show­er­ing per­sonal abuse on coun­cil­lors who took up the chal­lenge that SNP coun­cil­lors ran away from, our SNP MP and MSPs should be work­ing with the coun­cil to make the case to the SNP gov­ern­ment for more money for Ar­gyll and Bute. That’s the only way th­ese cuts can be avoided.

Alan Reid, Dunoon, Lib­eral Demo­crat can­di­date for Ar­gyll and Bute

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