East Kilbride MSP Linda Fabiani has today welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s backing for the package of funding for South Lanarkshire in 2016-17.
The local finance deal will deliver a wage rise for social care workers, the protection of the pupil-teacher ratio, action on tackling education attainment and funding for the continuation of the council tax freeze.
Commenting, Linda said:
“The settlement agreed by Parliament will see the Council Tax frozen for the ninth consecutive year, saving the average band D household East Kilbride £1,174.
“I was pleased too that additional funding will deliver a Living Wage for social care workers and to support the biggest reform in our health service since 1948 by integrating health and social care.
“With more funding to improve educational attainment and to maintain the pupil-teacher ratio in our schools, the Scottish Government have taken steps to ensure that every child can reach their full potential.
“Despite Tory cuts from Westminster, the Scottish Government have passed a budget which reflects the public’s priorities. This is a settlement that delivers a pay rise for people on low wages, and that should be welcomed.”