Scottish Liberal Democrats in the Borders have launched a campaign to stop Scottish Borders Council surrendering control of local services to the SNP Government in Edinburgh.
The Conservative-led Scottish Borders Council has agreed a plan to surrender control of council services to an SNP government minister at Holyrood, voting to propose a merger between the council and the health board.
The Conservative plan would mean any decisions by Scottish Borders Council, on any subject, could be overturned by the SNP health minister in Edinburgh.
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:
“This is an extraordinary decision to hand control of our schools, roads and parks over to the SNP Government in Edinburgh.
“The SNP Government in Edinburgh don’t understand the needs of the people of the Borders. The Conservatives have lost their senses by proposing this change.
“The minister could cut spending on schools or roads or even the NHS, regardless of what local people or the local council thought.
Borders Liberal Democrats council group leader Kris Chapman said:
“Conservative councillors are selling our area short. They should be demanding better economic powers and a greater say not kowtowing to ministers in Edinburgh.
"Scottish Liberal Democrats will oppose these proposals all the way. We demand better than a set of proposals that quash local decision making and raise the prospect of yet more state centralisation.”