Rennie: SNP have backed local authorities into a corner

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has today criticised the Scottish Government after a new report from Audit Scotland suggested testing times were ahead for local authorities. 

The report from the local government spending watchdog outlines a long-term decline in Scottish Government real terms funding which makes up around 60 per cent of council income and increasing pressures on services, particularly in social care and education which together account for over 70 per cent of council spending.

Mr Rennie said:

“This report makes clear that council across the country face a very challenging financial future.

“In the recent budget the SNP missed a huge opportunity to invest in people, jobs and Scotland’s economy.

“Instead the Scottish Government have backed local authorities into a corner and insisted that they take responsibility for dramatic cuts to local services.

“Liberal Democrats held firm on our reasonable and principled positions. Instead of delivering a bold budget that invested in growing our economy, the SNP have delivered a grey and timid one." 

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