Healthy eat­ing rules row

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - BY JON HEBDITCH

Aberdeen coun­cil bosses will write to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment re­quest­ing more funds if pro­posed new healthy eat­ing rules are en­forced.

Holyrood is con­sult­ing on a po­ten­tial range of new mea­sures in­clud­ing ban­ning multi-deals on junk food and not plac­ing choco­late at check­outs.

But the bur­den of en­forc­ing th­ese rules would fall on lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and yes­ter­day’s pub­lic pro­tec­tion com­mit­tee voted to re­quest “ad­di­tional fi­nan­cial re­sources” should the plan come to pass.

There was a heated de­bate, with the three SNP mem­bers of the com­mit­tee urg­ing that the let­ter not be sent as the orig­i­nal pro­posed re­sponse al­ready said “ad­di­tional re­sources” may be re­quired.

SNP mem­ber David Cameron branded the move as “noth­ing more than a po­lit­i­cal state­ment”. He added: “We are only stick­ing this in to try and get more po­lit­i­cal mileage out of the money we re­ceive from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

“I must have heard at ev­ery com­mit­tee that we are the low­est funded coun­cil. We are the low­est funded coun­cil and NHS Grampian is the low­est funded health board be­cause of the pros­per­ity that ex­ists in the north-east.”

But Aberdeen Labour mem­ber Sarah Dun­can pointed the finger at the SNP group for pol­i­tick­ing.

The vote to send the let­ter was car­ried by five votes to three.

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