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15 December 2017

Stevenson Welcomes Budget as Good News for Moray Council

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the budget statement by SNP Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP.

The budget proposals set out in the Scottish Parliament mean a proposed revenue grant for Moray Council that is nearly £2Million better than expected and at a level that had been described as ‘optimistic’ in the Council Administration’s budget proposals.

In addition, the budget reaffirmed the SNP’s commitment to getting Superfast Broadband to every household and business in Scotland with a £600m commitment to achieve that; an additional £179m to raise attainment in schools; an extra £400 million for the NHS and seven out of ten income taxpayers paying less than they did this year.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson said:

“My colleagues on Moray Council have analysed what the budget means for local government in Moray and I join them in welcoming the package announced by the Finance Minister as being good for Moray in the face of continuing Tory cuts being handed down from Westminster to the Scottish Government.

“The SNP Group on Moray Council have always sought to play a constructive role as the main opposition, for example, by promoting innovative ways to save the taxpayer money such as sharing services with other councils and public sector bodies. I am sure that search for savings will continue, even though the council will be nearly £2Million better off than forcasted thanks to the budget settlement announced by the Scottish Government.

“I hope the ruling Administration of Conservatives and Independents will recognise that this gives them an opportunity to take a more long-term and strategic approach to delivery of local services than has perhaps been the case in the past.”

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