Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser

Callfora fairdeal forlocal councils

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A Central Scotland MSP has demanded a fair deal for councils, arguing that “local communitie­s simply can’t take any more cuts”.

Labour’s Mark Griffin highlighte­d a recent warning from COSLA – the umbrella organisati­on for Scottish local authoritie­s – that local councils need at least an additional £720 million in revenue funding just to stand still; more than £1 billion extra to “survive”; and an extra £1.6 billion to “thrive”.

Mr Griffin said: “COSLA’S warning is stark and confirms what we already knew – local communitie­s simply can’t take any more cuts to vital local services

“The SNP Government has disproport­ionately cut council budgets for a decade now and we can see the impact plain as day in our communitie­s.

“Labour-controlled councils have campaigned for fair funding from the Scottish Government for the better part of a decade and now, finally, some SNP councils are beginning to do the same.”

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