Important choices to be made in Scottish budget

Commenting on Scottish Government draft Budget plans to be published this week, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie MSP said:

"The Liberal Democrats will closely scrutinise John Swinney's plans and make a detailed assessment in due course. We will be looking to protect the budgetary commitments we fought for and won last year in the areas of colleges, house building and early intervention support for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

"I agree that the Finance Secretary should maximise every penny he has available to him. That is why he should use the budget as an opportunity to unlock £1.5 billion of Scottish Water funds. This could be used to boost job creation and provide 100,000 employment opportunities in areas such as science, energy efficiency and broadband."

"The support for sport also needs consideration to build on the enthusiasm created by the inspirational Team GB."