Responding to the news that council tax will rise by 3% across Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:
"The Scottish Government is pretending its budget delivers tax cuts for low earners, yet across the country local authorities are being forced to raise council tax to plug the gaps.
"The SNP have left local authorities to pick up the tab for their government's promised public sector pay rises.
"Councils will be forced to cut public services to pay their workers the wages they deserve. Local government is once again being treated as the poor relation.”