‘We are be­ing badly let down’

Politi­cians blasted over lack of ac­tion

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Strat­ton Wil­liams

The SNP group in North La­nark­shire has been slammed by a com­mit­tee for vot­ing against a mo­tion to pro­tect coun­cil ser­vices.

At a meet­ing of the joint con­sul­ta­tive com­mit­tee, which is chaired by a UNI­SON trade union rep­re­sen­ta­tive, the SNP mem­bers not only voted against writ­ing to the gov­ern­ment re­quest­ing a fairer bud­get set­tle­ment, but group leader, David Stocks said the SNP Group didn’t even want their names added to the let­ter.

Joint con­sul­ta­tive com­mit­tee vice- con­vener Ken­neth Duffy said: “This is a dis­grace­ful move by the SNP in North La­nark­shire not to sup­port trade unions and work­ers who are feel­ing the pain of the dire fi­nan­cial set­tle­ments handed to coun­cils by the SNP gov­ern­ment in Holyrood in re­cent years.

“With £26mil­lion of cuts ex­pected this year from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and al­most £200mil­lion cut from the coun­cil’s bud­get in the last 10 years, SNP coun­cil­lors should be do­ing all they can to pro­tect the ser­vices of their con­stituents.

“In­stead, not only do they deny that coun­cil bud­gets are be­ing squeezed and work­ers are feel­ing the pinch but they even refuse to have their names added to the let­ter which fights for fai­ness for lo­cal ser­vices such as as school trans­port.

“Mem­bers of the pub­lic will rightly con­clude that if SNP coun­cil­lors aren’t will­ing to fight for their con­stituents’ ser­vices then they are noth­ing more than en­ablers of aus­ter­ity in North La­nark­shire on be­half of their SNP gov­ern­ment in Ed­in­burgh.”

But David Stocks, SNP Group Leader de­fended his party’s stance on the mat­ter.

He said: “There was no men­tion in the mo­tion of the fact that the aus­ter­ity mea­sures be­ing im­posed on coun­cils are the fault of the Tory Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment at West­min­ster.”

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