Rennie warns councils are being “thinly sliced” by Finance Secretary


Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today warned that council budget cuts are leaving services “thinly sliced” and said that potholes in our roads, libraries and public toilets closing and school services in jeopardy would be the outcome unless the Finance Secretary agrees an appropriate funding settlement for local government.

At today’s Local Government and Communities committee, Derek Mackay said that councils will have to “make efficiencies” while COSLA's Resources spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor, warned that the funding situation is “looking quite dark for many councils, particularly those who don't have significant reserves".

Responding Mr Rennie said:

"Councils are being thinly sliced by this SNP Government. They’re getting less and less money and a greater proportion of it is being ring-fenced for Scottish Government approved purposes.

“Already in areas like Fife we are seeing steep cuts to school budgets and communities having to go without vital services.

“Unless the Finance Secretary agrees an appropriate funding settlement for local government the result will be more potholes in our roads, more libraries and public toilets closing and school services in jeopardy.”


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