Council Budget Cuts Slammed
Scottish Conservative and Unionist Group Leader, Councillor Tom Cook has slammed the SNP-Green Government for refusing to abandon their plans to hit East Ayrshire Council with devastating funding cuts.
Tom Cook’s call comes after his party used one of their business slots in the Scottish Parliament to demand the SNP-Green coalition reverse their draft budget plans which would hit Scotland’s local authorities with a £371 million real-terms funding cut.
However, SNP and Green MSPs voted against the calls from the Scottish Conservatives.
Councillor Cook says the SNP-Green coalition are passing the buck onto councils such as East Ayrshire and leaving them with an impossible choice between cutting local services or hitting people with Council Tax rises.
Tom Cook is also backing his party’s plans to enshrine in law a fair funding deal for councils.
That bill would automatically guarantee Scottish councils a set percentage of the Scottish Budget each year.
Tom Cook says voters in East Ayrshire Council will have a clear choice when it comes to voting in May’s council elections.
Scottish Conservative and Unionist Councillor Tom Cook said: “The SNP-Green Government have record funding from the UK Government at their disposal but are set to hammer council budgets yet again.
“The SNP have underfunded East Ayrshire Council for years and we simply cannot cope with more devastating cuts.
“Instead of backing the calls from my colleagues in the Scottish Parliament, SNP-Green Ministers are passing the buck to East Ayrshire Council. That will either mean crucial day-to-day services being lost or residents being hit with Council Tax rises.
“Enough is enough. That is why I’m pleased to back Scottish Conservative plans to enshrine a fair funding deal for councils in law, to give East Ayrshire Council) assurances over their budgets every year.
“Voters in East Ayrshire face a stark choice in May’s council elections.
Cllr. Tom Cook