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BUDGET DEAL WILL MEAN EXTRA £3.2m FOR WEST LOTHIAN COUNCIL

BUDGET DEAL WILL MEAN EXTRA £3.2m FOR WEST LOTHIAN COUNCIL

Published date : 26 February, 2020

Angela Constance MSP has welcomed an agreement to pass the Scottish Government that will see West Lothian receive an additional £3.2m in the next year.

The amended budget will also see the Scottish Government take the radical step of introducing free bus travel for those aged 18 and under from January 2021.

Police will benefit from a total uplift of £60 million in the next financial year, with £13m of additional investment in frontline services and a further £5m of additional capital investment, on top of the £42m already committed.

Commenting, Ms Constance said:

“This Scottish Government budget invests a record £15bn in health and care services, delivers Scotland’s unique child payment to lift our youngest out of poverty and supports Scotland’s world-leading efforts to tackle the climate crisis.

“The Scottish Government had already backed Police Scotland with a budget increase of £42m. That will now increase that support to £60m overall with £50m of investment for frontline services.

“West Lothian will benefit from our share of an extra £95m for local government – with an extra £3.2m of investment.

“We have made significant investments to tackle the climate crisis, with funding for a green deal, low carbon travel and £1.8bn of low emission infrastructure.

“The introduction of free bus travel for those aged 18 and under will make an enormous difference to young people – and alongside the £500 million bus infrastructure fund will help deliver a step change in the use of public transport.

“This budget is a good deal for West Lothian and a good deal for Scotland – and I’m delighted it is now set to receive the support of the Scottish Parliament.

“In light of the Scottish Government’s willingness to compromise on issues identified by all parties, I hope every party can get behind the budget tomorrow.”

ENDS

Notes:

Local Authority

Share of £95m

 

£million

Aberdeen City

3.339

Aberdeenshire

4.567

Angus

2.066

Argyll & Bute

1.701

Clackmannanshire

0.884

Dumfries & Galloway

2.812

Dundee City

2.640

East Ayrshire

2.165

East Dunbartonshire

1.979

East Lothian

1.833

East Renfrewshire

1.875

Edinburgh, City of

7.430

Eilean Siar

0.729

Falkirk

2.749

Fife

6.474

Glasgow City

10.632

Highland

4.509

Inverclyde

1.423

Midlothian

1.597

Moray

1.620

North Ayrshire

2.516

North Lanarkshire

6.045

Orkney

0.665

Perth & Kinross

2.618

Renfrewshire

3.101

Scottish Borders

2.089

Shetland

0.738

South Ayrshire

2.001

South Lanarkshire

5.659

Stirling

1.667

West Dunbartonshire

1.673

West Lothian

3.204

   

Scotland

95.000

 

  


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