Inverclyde-based MSP Stuart McMillan has today welcomed the decision of Inverclyde Council to agree a funding deal that will deliver a wage rise for social care workers, the protection of the pupil-teacher ratio, action on education attainment and the continuation of the council tax freeze.
Commenting, SNP MSP Stuart McMillan said:
“I welcome the news that Inverclyde Council have accepted the local authority funding settlement. Despite unprecedented pressure placed on the Scottish budget by Tory austerity cuts, the public’s priorities will continue to be delivered in Inverclyde and the rest of Scotland.
“The local government settlement for Inverclyde will deliver a Living Wage for social care workers and will make additional funding available to support the biggest reform in our health service since 1948 by integrating health and social care.
“Additional funding will also be provided to Inverclyde Council to improve educational attainment and to maintain the pupil-teacher ratio in our schools – ensuring that every child can reach their full potential.
“And with council tax bills frozen for a ninth consecutive year, meaning a total saving of more than £1,500 for the average band D household in Inverclyde, this is a settlement that delivers a pay rise for people on low wages – not a tax rise.”