LABOUR/TORY/LIBDEM OPPOSITION FAIL TO SUPPORT INVESTMENT IN SOUTH LANARKSHIRE
Communities across Clydesdaleare set to benefit from greater support as a result of the Scottish Government’s Budget, SNP MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbellhas said. This includes £1.1bn spending for NHS Lanarkshire and an additional £9.4 million resource and capital spending for South Lanarkshire Council.
Labour, Tory and Lib Dem opponents failed to support investment for Clydesdalein the budget – with the three opposition parties voting against the SNP’s proposals to fund local services on Thursday.
Ms Campbell has condemned the approach taken by the Tories and Labour, providing opposition for opposition’s sake rather than supporting investment in communities throughout Clydesdale.
Commenting, Ms Campbell said:
“This Scottish Government budget provides a strong funding deal for South Lanarkshire, giving spending commitments in the NHS, education, infrastructure, environment and the economy. For the opposition parties, with the exception of the Greens, to vote against all of this was deeply disappointing and against the best interests of our communities.
“It was disappointing to see Labour and the Tories be more interested in political point scoring rather than standing up for their local communities in Clydesdale– but there’s still time for them to drop their opposition and back the Scottish Government’s proposals as the Budget Bill progresses.
“South Lanarkshireitself will benefit from a range of direct spending commitments, including an additional £9.4 million for South Lanarkshire Council, £1.1 billion for NHS Lanarkshire and commitments to the M8, M73 and M74 improvements.
“Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems should think again before choosing to rob Clydesdaleof vital services in a narrow-minded campaign designed to achieve nothing more than embarrassing the SNP Scottish Government. This budget is too important for our communities to allow that to happen.”