Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
Callfora fairdeal forlocal councils
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.”