Budget Secures Funding Boost for West Lothian in Face of Westminster Chaos
Almond Valley MSP Angela Constance has voted to pass the Scottish Government’s budget for 2020/21– securing a cash boost for NHS Lothian, investment in vital public services in West Lothian and a more progressive tax system.
The amended budget delivers on key issues raised by all parties in the parliament – and will see the Scottish Government take the radical step of introducing free bus travel for those aged 18 and under, benefitting an estimated 16,122 young people in West Lothian. The agreement also builds on key Scottish Government commitments to invest £15bn in health and care services – with NHS Lothian benefitting from a cash boost of £98.6m, a 6.8% increase in funding since 2019/20.
Ms Constance commented,
“In the face of massive Westminster cuts - the Scottish Government has always taken a different, fairer approach to give people living in Scotland the best deal in the UK. I am proud to have voted for a progressive budget which protects our cherished health service, supports our local schools and allows us to play our part in tackling the climate emergency.
“With free bus travel for under 18s and further investment into our health and public services, it is clear that the Scottish Government is committed to tackling the inequalities that often prevent people from getting the very best out of life.
“We are of course in times of uncertainty and risk created by the UK Government’s decision the delay their own budget, but despite this, the Scottish Government’s budget delivers certainty and stability for our economy, industry and businesses across West Lothian. “
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