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10 December 2008

STEVENSON DELIGHTED AS FINANCE COMMITTEE BACK SNP BUDGET

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the publication of the Scottish Parliament Finance Committee’s report on the SNP’s proposed budget, in which general backing is given to the SNP Government’s handling of the economic crisis and its future plans. The committee has put forward no alternative spending proposals.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“I am delighted that the SNP’s budget proposals have received this support as a result of what were by all accounts more consensual discussions within the committee this year.

“The report has raised concern about the looming threat of £500 million of budget cuts at the hands of the UK Government and has broadly praised the way in which the Scottish Government has taken action to help Scottish businesses.

“However, Labour must now explain why they failed to back the small business bonus and council tax freeze, measures that will put real money back into people’s pockets when they need it most, without offering any alternative suggestions as to how they would help Scotland through the current economic situation

“It seems they are bereft of both ideas and any willingness to help businesses and individuals that are going through difficult times”.
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