SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT ARE RAIDING HIGHLAND SCHOOLS BUDGET


Alasdair Christie and the Highland Liberal Democrats are urging fellow councillors and Highland communities to speak out against damaging centralisation and cuts from Edinburgh.

Alasdair Christie and the Highland Liberal Democrats are urging fellow councillors and Highland communities to speak out against damaging centralisation and cuts from Edinburgh.

 

After almost a decade in power, relentless centralisation, and poor representation from Highland SNP MSPs and councillors, the Scottish Government have seized control of local police and fire services and underfunded NHS Highland to the tune of £6.5m.

 

Now, the SNP Government are demanding control over teaching time, teacher numbers and primary hours. And, through accumulative cuts to local government, Edinburgh are raiding the budget for schools and education in the Highlands.

 

Highland Lib Dem councillor and group leader Alasdair Christie said: “We need a voice for the Highlands in Edinburgh again. I think we should have the best education in the world, but the SNP in Edinburgh are undermining that at every turn.

 

“Despite an already strained budget, The Highland Council will be forced to find another £50m worth of savings this year because of more than 8 years of regressive cuts from the Scottish Government.

 

“Since the SNP came to power in 2007, the Highlands have lost our local police force, we’re losing our police and fire control rooms, NHS Highland is significantly underfunded, and there has been little or no investment in roads and rail. Now our local say and funding for schools and local services are being hit as well.

 

“We need to protect our youngsters. It’s time the Highlands had a voice again, and it’s time the SNP Government stopped their damaging centralisation agenda.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes:

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have committed to raising £500m for education in Scotland by putting a penny on income tax.


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