Find out what services the SNP have centralised in your area:


Over the past seven years the SNP Government has systematically and categorically stripped powers away from local authorities and communities and centralised decisions in their power block in Edinburgh.

  • This report is a survey of the damage done by the SNP Government.
  • It shows what each part of Scotland has lost.
  • It documents how the judgements of local people have been over-ridden by an ever mightier central government.

From the Highlands and Northern Isles right down to the Borders, communities across Scotland have been stripped of control of the local services they need.


What's been centralised by the SNP in your area:

Grampian

What has been lost:

  • Grampian police abolished and the Aberdeen police HQ scrapped.
  • Police control room in Aberdeen closed.
  • Police counters closed at Bucksburn, Aboyne, Fochabers and Portsoy.
  • Grampian Fire and Rescue Service scrapped and their control room closed in Aberdeen.
  • Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray councils stripped of financial responsibility.
  • Local enterprise companies disbanded and controlled centrally.
  • Stonehaven sheriff court closed on the votes of a handful of MSPs in Edinburgh.
  • NHS capital investment decisions on up to 26 local hospitals now made in Edinburgh at the expense of Grampian hospitals. This has resulted in the SNP short-changing NHS Grampian by nearly £35m in 2014 and £17m this year.
  • Aberdeen College and Banff & Buchan College merged, losing local links.

What has been given back:

  • Strathclyde style policing with stop and search increasing 50% in Aberdeenshire even though the police admit there is “no robust evidence” it works.
  • Armed police routinely patrolling even the smallest towns and villages.
  • Lack of action on key infrastructure like Kintore Station, the Laurencekirk flyover, Inveramsay bridge, the A96, and our train services.
  • Local health services with nearly £52 million less funding than they should have.
  • Local health services which miss important treatment time targets for cancer and children and young people suffering from mental ill-health.

The Highlands

What has been lost:

  • Northern Constabulary abolished and the HQ in Inverness scrapped.
  • Police counters closed in Dornoch and Glencoe.
  • Dingwall and Dornoch sheriff courts closed and Portree and Wick Justice of the Peace courts closed.
  • Inverness fire control room closed.
  • Highland council stripped of financial responsibility
  • Local enterprise company boards disbanded for Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey Enterprise, Lochaber Enterprise, Ross & Cromarty Enterprise, Skye & Lochalsh Enterprise.
  • Control of European Structural Funds by Highlands & Islands European Partnership lost with decisions about how structural funds are spent now taken in Edinburgh
  • Local control of NHS capital budgets affecting up to 26 local hospitalscentralised in Edinburgh.
  • The Crofting Commission is under threat of amalgamation with Scottish Natural Heritage and the Forestry Commission Scotland.

What has been given back:

  • Strathclyde style policing with an increase in stop and search even though the police admit there is “no robust evidence” it works.
  • Armed police routinely patrolling even the smallest towns and villages.
  • Mounted police employing anti-riot policing techniques.
  • A cut-back Air Discount Scheme.
  • Local health services which miss important treatment time targets for cancer and children and young people suffering from mental ill-health.

Scottish Borders

What has been lost:

  • Lothian and Borders Police abolished.
  • Police public counter closures in Lauder, Melrose, Coldstream and Selkirk.
  • Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service abolished.
  • Local sheriff courts closed in Peebles and Duns.
  • Scottish Borders Council stripped of financial responsibility
  • Local enterprise company board disbanded and now controlled centrally.
  • The Scottish Government did not include the Borders in the Enterprise Zones it launched.
  • Control of NHS capital budgets affecting up to six local hospitals centralised in Edinburgh.

What has been given back:

  • Strathclyde style policing with stop and search even though the police admit there is “no robust evidence” it works.
  • Armed police routinely patrolling even the smallest towns and villages.
  • Low investment in the local economy.

Fife

What has been lost:

  • Fife Police abolished and the HQ in Glenrothes scrapped.
  • Fife Police control room closed in Glenrothes.
  • Fife Fire and Rescue Service scrapped and the Thornton fire control room closed.
  • Cupar sheriff court axed after 800 years.
  • Adam Smith College and Carnegie College merged resulting in the loss of more than half of student places available at Fife College.
  • Police counter closures in Anstruther, Auchtermuchty, Burntisland, Cardenden, Oakley and Taybridghead.
  • Fife Council stripped of financial responsibility.
  • Fife Enterprise board disbanded and now controlled centrally.
  • Dunfermline’s A&E department closed.
  • Control of NHS capital budgets affecting up to eight local hospitals centralised in Edinburgh.

What has been given back:

  • Strathclyde style policing with stop and search increasing 400% in Fife even though the police admit there is “no robust evidence” it works.
  • Armed police routinely patrolling even the smallest towns and villages.
  • Criminal justice administered from outside Fife at Dundee sheriff court.
  • Local health services which miss important treatment time targets for children and young people suffering from mental ill-health.

Orkney and Shetland

What has been lost:

  • Northern Constabulary abolished.
  • Orkney Islands Council and Shetland Islands Council stripped of financial responsibility.
  • Local Orkney Enterprise and Shetland Enterprise company boards disbanded and now controlled centrally.
  • Control of European Structural Funds by Highlands & Islands European Partnership with decisions about how structural funds are spent taken in Edinburgh.
  • Major NHS capital funding decisions for the Balfour Hospital and Gilbert Bain Hospital now made in Edinburgh.
  • The Crofting Commission under threat of amalgamation with Scottish Natural Heritage and the Forestry Commission Scotland.

What has been given:

  • Strathclyde style policing with stop and search targets even though the police admit there is “no robust evidence” it works.
  • Armed police routinely patrolling even the smallest towns and villages.
  • A cut-back Air Discount Scheme.

Argyll and Bute

What has been lost:

  • Argyll & Bute Council stripped of financial responsibility.
  • The sheriff court in Rothesay closed.
  • Police public counters closed in Bowmore, Garelochead and Tobermory.
  • Local Argyll & Islands Enterprise company board disbanded and now controlled centrally.
  • Control of European Structural Funds by Highlands & Islands European Partnership with decisions about how structural funds are spent taken in Edinburgh.
  • NHS capital funding decisions for up to eight local hospitals now made in Edinburgh.
  • The Crofting Commission under threat of amalgamation with Scottish Natural Heritage and the Forestry Commission Scotland.

What has been given:

  • Policing with centrally imposed stop and search targets even though the police admit there is “no robust evidence” it works.
  • Armed police routinely patrolling even the smallest towns and villages.
  • A cut-back Air Discount Scheme.

Forth Valley

What has been lost:

  • Stirling Council, Falkirk Council and Clackmannanshire Council stripped of financial responsibility.
  • Central Scotland Police abolished and their Stirling HQ scrapped.
  • The police control room in Stirling closed.
  • Police public counters closed at Bannockburn, Bridge of Allan and Tullibody.
  • Central Scotland Fire and Rescue Service abolished and their Falkirk HQ scrapped.
  • Local Forth Valley enterprise company board disbanded and now controlled centrally.
  • NHS capital funding decisions for up to eight local hospitals now made in Edinburgh.

What has been given:

  • Policing with centrally imposed stop and search targets up 130% in Stirling even though the police admit there is “no robust evidence” it works.
  • Armed police routinely patrolling even the smallest towns and villages.
  • Local health services which miss important treatment time targets for children and young people suffering from mental ill-health.

Tayside

What has been lost:

  • Perth & Kinross Council, Dundee City Council and Angus Council stripped of financial responsibility.
  • Tayside Police abolished and their Dundee HQ scrapped.
  • Police public counters closed in Auchterarder, Blairgowrie, Brechin, Carnoustie, Crieff, Kinross, Longhaugh, Maryfield and Montrose.
  • Arbroath Sheriff Court closed.
  • Tayside Fire and Rescue Service abolished and their Dundee HQ scrapped.
  • Local Tayside Enterprise company board disbanded and now controlled centrally.
  • NHS capital funding decisions for up to 22 local hospitals now made in Edinburgh.
  • Angus College and Dundee College merged, losing local links.

What has been given:

  • Policing with centrally imposed stop and search targets up 236% in Perth & Kinross, 325% in Angus and 102% in Dundee even though the police admit there is “no robust evidence” it works.
  • Armed police routinely patrolling even the smallest towns and villages.
  • Local health services which miss important treatment time targets for children and young people suffering from mental ill-health.

Dumfries and Galloway

What has been lost:

  • Dumfries & Galloway Police abolished and their Dumfries HQ scrapped.
  • Dumfries police control room closed with the loss of local knowledge, and expertise and jobs going to the central belt.
  • Dumfries & Galloway Fire and Rescue Service abolished and their Dumfries HQ scrapped.
  • Dumfries fire control room closed.
  • Kirkcudbright Sheriff Court closed along with the Justice of the Peace court in Annan.
  • Newton Stewart police counter downgraded to a part time service and Kirkcudbright and Dalbeattie counters closed altogether.
  • Local policing control of events like the Wickerman festival lost, where the national chief constable now wants to impose changes on the event.
  • NHS capital funding decisions for up to six local hospitals now made in Edinburgh.
  • Dumfries & Galloway Enterprise company board disbanded and now controlled centrally.

What has been given:

  • Strathclyde style policing with centrally imposed stop and search targets even though the police admit there is “no robust evidence” it works.
  • Armed police routinely patrolling even the smallest towns and villages.

Edinburgh and the Lothians

What has been lost:

  • Lothian and Borders Police abolished.
  • Police counter closures in Balerno, Oxgangs, Armadale, Bonnyrigg and West Calder.
  • Haddington Sheriff Court closed.
  • City of Edinburgh Council, West Lothian Council, East Lothian Council and Midlothian Council stripped of financial responsibility.
  • Edinburgh & Lothian Enterprise company board disbanded and now controlled centrally.
  • Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service abolished.
  • Stevenson College, Jewel & Esk College and Telford College merged with a loss of local links and a drop in the number of student places especially for part time courses and mature students.
  • NHS capital funding decisions for up to 27 local hospitals now made in central government offices.

What has been given:

  • Strathclyde style policing with centrally imposed stop and search targets – up 46% in Edinburgh - even though the police admit there is “no robust evidence” it works.
  • Armed police routinely patrolling even the smallest towns and villages.
  • Local health services which miss important treatment time targets for children and young people suffering from mental ill-health.

Ayrshire

What has been lost:

  • Police counter closures in Dalmellington, Drongan, Girvan and Stewarton.
  • Irvine Court closed.
  • North Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Council and East Ayrshire Council stripped of financial responsibilities.
  • Ayrshire Enterprise company board disbanded and now controlled centrally.
  • Ayr College and Kilmarnock College merged with a loss local links.
  • NHS capital funding decisions for up to ten local hospitals now made in central government offices.

What has been given:

  • Centrally imposed police stop and search targets even though the police admit there is “no robust evidence” it works.
  • Armed police routinely patrolling even the smallest towns and villages.
  • Local health services which miss important treatment time targets for children and young people suffering from mental ill-health.

Renfrewshire and Inverclyde

What has been lost:

  • Inverclyde Council, Renfrewshire Council and East Renfrewshire Council stripped of financial responsibility.
  • Renfrewshire Enterprise company board disbanded and now controlled centrally.
  • NHS capital funding decisions for up to six local hospitals now made in central government offices.
  • Strathclyde police force abolished.
  • Police counter closures in Erskine, Ferguslie Park, Gourock, Linwood and Port Glasgow.
  • Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service abolished.

What has been given:

  • Centrally imposed police stop and search targets even though the police admit there is “no robust evidence” it works.
  • Armed police routinely patrolling even the smallest towns and villages.
  • An NHS Board which misses crucial cancer treatment targets.

Glasgow

What has been lost:

  • Strathclyde police force abolished.
  • Glasgow police control room closed with the loss of local knowledge and expertise.
  • Police counter closures across the area.
  • Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service abolished.
  • Glasgow City Council stripped of financial responsibility.
  • NHS capital funding decisions for up to eleven local hospitals now made in central government offices.
  • Anniesland College, Cardonald College, Langside College, North Glasgow College, Stow College and John Wheatley College merged with the loss of local links.
  • Scottish Enterprise Glasgow company board disbanded.

What has been given:

  • An NHS Board which misses crucial cancer treatment targets.
  • Centrally imposed police stop and search targets even though the police admit there is “no robust evidence” it works.

Lanarkshire

What has been lost:

  • Strathclyde police force abolished.
  • Police public counters closed across the area.
  • Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service abolished and its Hamilton HQ scrapped.
  • North Lanarkshire Council and South Lanarkshire Council stripped of financial responsibility.
  • NHS capital funding decisions for up to 17 local hospitals now made in central government offices.
  • Motherwell College, Coatbridge College and Cumbernauld College merged with the loss of local links.
  • Motherwell and Cumbernauld JP courts closed.
  • Scottish Enterprise Glasgow company board disbanded and decisions now made centrally.

What has been given:

  • Centrally imposed police stop and search targets even though the police admit there is “no robust evidence” it works.

Dunbartonshire

What has been lost:

  • Strathclyde police force abolished.
  • Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service abolished.
  • East Dunbartonshire Council and West Dunbartonshire Council stripped of financial responsibility.
  • NHS capital funding decisions for local hospitals now made in central government offices.
  • Reid Kerr College and Clydebank College merged with the loss of local links and places.
  • Scottish Enterprise Dunbartonshire company board disbanded and decisions now made centrally.

What has been given:

  • Centrally imposed police stop and search targets even though the police admit there is “no robust evidence” it works.
  • Armed police routinely patrolling even the smallest towns and villages.

Western Isles

What has been lost:

  • Northern Constabulary abolished.
  • Highlands & Islands Fire and Rescue Service abolished.
  • Inverness fire control room closed.
  • Na h-Eileanan Siar stripped of financial responsibility.
  • Western Isles Enterprise company board merged and decisions now made centrally.
  • Control of European Structural Funds by Highlands & Islands European Partnership with decisions about how structural funds are spent taken in Edinburgh.
  • NHS capital funding decisions for local hospitals now made in central government offices.
  • Stornoway JP court closed.
  • The Crofting Commission under threat of amalgamation with Scottish Natural Heritage and the Forestry Commission Scotland.

What has been given:

  • Centrally imposed police stop and search targets even though the police admit there is “no robust evidence” it works.
  • Armed police routinely patrolling even the smallest towns and villages.
  • A cut-back Air Discount Scheme.