Commenting on the passage of the Scottish Government’s budget, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:
“The Greens have been bought very cheaply. The extra money for councils was already available and local government finance reform has been delayed until the next parliament.
“We made a generous offer to the Finance Secretary. We said if you put independence to one side for the rest of this parliament we could work together on the needs of local government, the funding of mental health services and support for teachers pay. But he declined, preferring to put independence first.
“We will not support a Scottish Government that will use this budget as a stepping stone to independence and the economic damage that would bring.”