Stuart McMillan MSP SNP has highlighted a response from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, John Swinney MSP which indicates West Dunbartonshire Council will receive “its fair share” of local government funding.
Mr McMillan received a copy of a letter sent from the Scottish Government to a constituent of West Dunbartonshire in-relation to the recent letter issued by the Director of Education for West Dunbartonshire which alleged a 22% drop in local authority funding.
However, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance refuted this statement and indicated, “I do not believe it is reasonable to claim that the council has received a 22 per cent real terms cut if you exclude all the additional money provided to it by the Scottish Government. On a like-with-like basis West Dunbartonshire Council has received a cash increase in funding over this period of around 2 per cent.”
Commenting, SNP MSP Stuart McMillan said:
“The response from the Scottish Government quite clearly demonstrates the false claims that West Dunbartonshire Council has received a 22 per cent real terms cut in its budget.
“This Scottish Government has protected the Local Government budget and continues to invest in our communities, despite difficult economic times and the austerity drive of the UK Government which is delivering a 10 per cent real terms cut to the Scottish Budget.
“This support from the Scottish Government has been demonstrated through introducing measures such as the Council Tax freeze, free school meals and the providing of funding to mitigate the ‘bedroom tax’.
“It’s clear, through the continued investment, the Scottish Government is delivering for the people of West Dunbartonshire and this will continue in the future.”