What savings from fire service merger?
suggest that the council go back to the drawing board with this and come up with something more acceptable. Jamie Blackburn, Walker Court, Kinlochleven SIR, – The Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay objects to the fire service in Scotland paying VAT. The Scottish Government chose a route forward which it knew would have VAT costs rather than seek another which could have had a VAT exemption and they and their supporters are now “outraged” and seeking to blame Westminster again as part of their justification for Indyref2.
The Scottish Government declared that the merger of fire services would make savings of £1.7billion over 15 years with no VAT exemption. If anyone responds to this letter could they please say how we are getting on in relation to the projected savings, otherwise I might cynically believe that the changes were designed to increase central government control and create an opportunity to blame Westminster for a situation they did not create. Roy Roxburgh, North Deeside Road, Cults, Aberdeen but it is but one example of such folly – one can recall the ridiculous tree planting in Haddo Country park over a year ago where large numbers of trees had to be resited after having been planted inappropriately. I wonder if those committing our cash to such projects would be as careless with their own money?
Chris Rowe, Taindore, Meadaple, Rothienorman