Lochaber MSP votes for ‘land­mark’ bud­get

The Oban Times - - News -

COM­MU­NI­TIES across the High­lands will ben­e­fit from greater sup­port as a re­sult of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s bud­get, SNP MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Bade­noch Kate Forbes has claimed.

The bud­get in­cludes an ex­tra £ 8 mil­lion for High­land Coun- cil, al­most £600 mil­lion for NHS High­land, £100 mil­lion for dig­i­tal and mo­bile in­fra­struc­ture to de­liver 100 per cent broad­band by 2021, more than £470 mil­lion of di­rect capital in­vest­ment for af­ford­able hous­ing, as well as con­tin­ued in­vest­ment for im­prove­ment works for the A9 and A82. The MSP said Labour, Tory and Lib Dem op­po­nents failed to sup­port in­vest­ment for the High­lands in the bud­get – with the three op­po­si­tion par­ties vot­ing against the SNP’s pro­pos­als to fund lo­cal ser­vices last Thurs­day (Fe­bru­ary 2).

Forbes con­demned the ap­proach taken by the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems, pro­vid­ing ‘op­po­si­tion for op­po­si­tion’s sake rather than supporting in­vest­ment in com­mu­ni­ties through­out the re­gion’.

Ms Forbes said: ‘This Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment bud­get pro­vides a strong fund­ing deal for the High­lands, giv­ing spend­ing com­mit­ments in the NHS, ed­u­ca­tion, in­fra­struc­ture, en­vi­ron­ment and the econ­omy. For the op­po­si­tion par­ties, with the ex­cep­tion of the Greens, to vote against all of this was deeply dis­ap­point­ing and against the best in­ter­ests of our com­mu­ni­ties.’

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