2 February 2020

Scottish Labour’s finance spokesperson, Rhoda Grant MSP, has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Derek Mackay, to outline the party’s budget position ahead of the initial parliamentary statement on Thursday (6th February).

As the SNP prepare to publish their 13th budget, Scottish Labour are offering to work with their government to prioritise long-term investment on the services the people of Scotland care about –

*Free bus travel for all young people

*Proper funding and a fair deal for local authorities with a focus on improving and expanding social care

*A fair deal for further and higher education

*Action to tackle the Climate Crisis with a focus on developing a plan to encourage the use of low carbon transport.

Scottish Labour Finance spokesperson, Rhoda Grant MSP, said:

“This year’s budget will be the SNP’s thirteenth budget in power.

"Despite this, our public services are at breaking point.

"It is time to end these 13 years of missed opportunities and financial mismanagement.

“This week I have written to Derek Mackay to invite him to invest in our future by enabling local authorities to provide free bus travel and world-leading education for our young people and to provide health care at home for our older people.

“Scottish Labour is calling for the government to properly fund Scotland’s hard-pressed local authorities, so they can deliver the vital services that communities need.

“It’s time to end these 13 years of financial mismanagement. It’s time the SNP listened to Scottish Labour and delivers hope to our communities. ”

Scottish Labour’s spokesperson for Local Government, Sarah Boyack MSP, said: “Thirteen years of increasing pressures and underfunding mean that our local services are at a tipping point.

"The SNP have failed to provide proper funding for our local authorities.

"It is time for investment: it is time the government listened to Scottish Labour.”
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