MSP: Council must listen to people's priorities on cuts and services

Linda Fabiani MSP has urged South Lanarkshire Council to listen to the citizens of South Lanarkshire before setting its budget priorities for next year.

The Strathaven-based SNP MSP said:

“So far, all that the South Lanarkshire public have heard from their Council about what’s going to happen to their public services in the face of the huge cuts being imposed by Westminster, is a blame game between administration councillors and council officers played out in the media.

“That’s not good enough. People are genuinely worried about the future of the local services that they rely on and have been alarmed by the huge list of proposed cuts that have been drawn up.

“There has been precious little information from the ruling Labour group about what their political priorities are and what they will do to protect frontline services.

“Scotland’s Finance Secretary John Swinney has set the standard today, with a budget announcement that puts jobs, services and economic recovery first and protects hard-won universal benefits and household incomes.

“South Lanarkshire’s political leaders should follow the Scottish Government’s example. They should listen to the people of South Lanarkshire about what they want from their council and the services they most value. The council’s priorities should reflect those of the citizens they serve, which are the protection of frontline services, local jobs and the welfare of communities.”

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