Accounts Commission report confirms councils first in line for the chop

Responding to a new report from the Accounts Commission that warns the need for councils to find savings is "increasingly critical" in the wake of eight years of SNP cuts to council funding, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

"The SNP Government has already forced local authorities to raise council tax to plug the gaps left by their budget. This report confirms that more council services are still up for the chop.

"For too long the SNP have treated local government as the poor relation and now the public are paying the price. Satisfaction in services from schools to bin collections is falling.

"The report also shows that social care is in crisis. It is appalling to learn of patients having 24 different carers in just 3 months. Others wait so long for their support to actually begin after a needs assessment that, by the time it finally does, their condition has deteriorated and it is no longer enough.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats have been quite clear that we need to be increasing the power of councils to determine their own local priorities and make sure they have the funding necessary to deliver them."

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