MSP CALLS FOR OPPOSITION TO SUPPORT POSITIVE INVESTMENT IN NORTH LANARKSHIRE

LABOUR AND LIB DEMS SHOULD STOP ALIGNING WITH PARTY OF AUSTERITY

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor has challenged opposition parties to back the Scottish Government’s support for jobs, wages and public services in North Lanarkshire in Stage 3 of the budget debate this week.

Even under extreme budgetary pressure from Westminster – the Scottish Government’s budget will benefit North Lanarkshire with nearly £10 million of funding.

Fulton MacGregor has condemned the Labour and Conservative parties for choosing to oppose investment in communities throughout North Lanarkshire, including Coatbridge & Chryston.

Commenting, SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

 

“Despite continuing Tory austerity, the Scottish Government’s budget will deliver above inflation investment in the NHS.

“Coatbridge & Chryston itself will benefit from a range of direct spending commitments, including infrastructure, which will include the continuing upgrade of the M8, M73 and M74.

“This comes on top of additional funding for health and social care partnerships and for schools, with £4,392,000 attainment cash going directly to primary and secondary schools in North Lanarkshire.

“Additionally – 79% of businesses in North Lanarkshire will see either a reduction in their rates, or no change at all after the revaluation.

“It’s time for the opposition to get behind this strong package of investment in North Lanarkshire.”

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