Priorities

FAIR FUNDING

#PlugTheGap

The way in which growing local authorities are funded is unfair. As council areas in the south east region grow at pace, we are disadvantaged when compared to other councils, when allocated funds fail to keep pace with growth.

We face huge challenges in meeting this growing demand for local services, yet the funding distribution model fails to take full account of our population.

Our authorities continue to support the housebuilding targets set by Scottish Government, yet their failure to reciprocate our commitment with investment for our towns and villages, and for transport infrastructure (Sheriffhall) shows a lack of partnership working. This should not be a one way street.

The gross underfunding for the 1140hrs Early Learning and Childcare implementation was highlighted recently at a meeting of the Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee at Holyrood (see video below). Absurdly, Scottish Ministers took the decision to allocate funding on the basis of the 2014 population figures, you can draw your own conclusion as to why that decision was taken. This is one of the most blatant injustices and attacks on equality that I've witnessed in local government.

As a result of the decision to use 2014 population figures, we are unable to offer the breadth of choice the 1140hrs ELC policy was designed to offer. Once again, no meaningful interventions for our current representative who is a member of government.

WE NEED A STRONG VOICE IN PARLIAMENT - I WILL BE THAT VOICE. MORE VOCAL, MORE VISIBLE.

 

Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee - discussing the underfunding 1140 ELC 

 

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