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COUNCIL FUNDING REPORT SHOWS NEED FOR LOCAL OPTIONS

Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, today (3 Mar) highlighted a report into local government funding challenges by think-tank Fiscal Affairs Scotland.Alison small pic

The report says restricted funding for councils could lead to service users being charged more and that some services are at risk.

Alison Johnstone MSP said:

“Reforming council finances, and freeing our local authorities to pursue local priorities, are crucial issues. This report highlights the pressure our councils are under to cut services and increase charges, with the Scottish Government’s unfair and unsustainable council tax freeze coming home to roost.…

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Vow Plus? Voters Will See Through Such Shallow Posturing

First there was Devo Max, the brand of devolution everyone had heard of but whose secret ingredients were carefully guarded. Then there was The Vow, a commitment to new powers that was supposed to be bold and clear. Next came Home Rule, a nostalgic return to a reassuring old brand identity even if nobody could quite remember who still owned the copyright.

Now Gordon Brown has, apparently in all seriousness, launched The Vow Plus.…

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