STUC on Scottish Budget Statement

September 17th 2009

Reacting to John Swinney’s statement on the draft Scottish Budget, Grahame Smith, General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) said

“This was never going to be an easy process for the Scottish Government with the budget reducing from that forecast in the last comprehensive spending review. However, the STUC believes that a number of very poor choices have been made in the draft Budget.

“There will be serious consequences for the Scottish economy and jobs resulting from the cancellation of the Glasgow Airport Rail link and the cuts in the affordable housing budget.

“The superficially popular Council Tax freeze combined with significant pro-rata efficiency savings, will severely impact on Local Authority frontline services; hitting the most vulnerable in society hardest.

“The STUC will work over the coming weeks with the Scottish Government and Parliament to make a case for a budget which invests in Scotland’s people, jobs and communities”.

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