Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur win lifeline ferry funding in the Budget.
Northern Isles MSPs Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur have today won vital funding for internal ferry services in Orkney and Shetland in exchange for voting for the Scottish Government’s budget at Stage 1. Here they explain what this funding means for their island communities:
The Budget, as presented by the Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay yesterday, recites a long list of the problems and crises facing Scotland. But it doesn’t take sufficient substantive action on any of them.
That means the budget is a missed opportunity.
An erratic Scottish economy and down-graded growth forecasts for the UK set the scene for the Scottish Budget on Thursday. It needs, more than ever, to rise to the long-term challenge of investment in Scottish education for the good of the economy.