MSP CALLS FOR OPPOSITION TO SUPPORT POSITIVE INVESTMENT IN FALKIRK DISTRICT
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 16:31
LABOUR SHOULD STOP ALIGNING WITH PARTY OF AUSTERITY
Falkirk East SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has challenged opposition parties to back the Scottish Government’s support for jobs, wages and public services in the Falkirk district, in Stage 3 of the budget debate this week.
Even under extreme budgetary pressure from Westminster – the Scottish Government’s budget will benefit Falkirk district with the continuation of electrification of the railways, as well as direct attainment funding for schools and additional resource funding for Falkirk Council.
Angus MacDonald MSP has condemned Labour and the Conservatives, including Alison Harris MSP, for choosing to oppose investment in communities throughout Falkirk district.
Commenting, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald said:
“Despite continuing Tory austerity, the Scottish Government’s budget will deliver above inflation investment in the NHS, which will allow NHS Forth Valley to deliver further improvements for patients.
“Falkirk district itself will benefit from a range of direct spending commitments, including from an additional £4.5 million funding for Falkirk Council, vital for services across the district.
“This comes on top of additional funding for health and social care partnerships and for schools, with £3,538,800 attainment cash going directly to primary and secondary schools right across the Falkirk district.
“Additionally - 70% of businesses in the Falkirk district will see either a reduction in their rates or no change at all after the revaluation.
“It’s time for the opposition to get behind this strong package of investment in Falkirk district.”