Linda Fabiani has today welcomed the decision of South Lanarkshire Council to agree to the funding deal from the Scottish Government, delivering a wage rise for social care workers, the protection of pupil-teacher ratio, action on education attainment and the continuation of the council tax freeze.
Commenting, Linda said:
“Despite unprecedented pressure placed on the Scottish budget by Tory austerity cuts, John Swinney has ensured the public’s priorities will continue to be delivered at a national and local level.
“The local government settlement will deliver a Living Wage for social care workers, and we will also see the biggest reform of our health service since 1948 with the integration of health and social care.
“Additional funding will also be provided to local authorities to improve educational attainment and to maintain the pupil-teacher ratio in our schools – ensuring that every child can reach their full potential.
“As a result of the council tax having been frozen for a ninth consecutive year, band D households have on average saved more than £1,500.
“In contrast to Labour’s plans to increase taxes in an unworkable, regressive way, the SNP delivers a pay rise for people on low wages.”