MSP's vote for landmark Scottish budget

Communities across Dundee are set to benefit from greater support as a result of the Scottish Government’s Budget, SNP MSP’s for Dundee City have said. This includes an additional £4.2 million in resource and capital money – Dundee’s share of the £160 million total capital and resource allocation for Scotland for 2017-18.

Labour, Tory and Lib Dem opponents failed to support investment for Dundee in the budget – with the three opposition parties voting against the SNP’s proposals to fund local services on Thursday.

I, along with my colleague Joe FitzPatrick MSP, have condemned the approach taken by the Labour, Tory and Lib Dem opponents, who chose not to support investment in communities throughout Dundee.

Dundee itself will benefit from a range of direct spending commitments, amounting to almost £4.3 million, and also from the continued promotion of the case for the Tay Cities Deal, the Elective Care centre, one of the National Trauma Centres, the complete redevelopment of the Dundee Train Station, continued investment in V&A Museum Dundee, and £713.4m for NHS Tayside.

Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems should think again before choosing to rob Dundee of these vital services in a narrow-minded campaign designed to achieve nothing more than embarrassing the SNP Scottish Government. This budget is too important for our communities to allow that to happen.

My colleague, SNP MSP Joe FitzPatrick, added:

This Scottish Government budget provides a strong funding deal for Dundee, giving spending commitments in the NHS, education, infrastructure, environment and the economy. For the opposition parties, with the exception of the Greens, to vote against all of this was deeply disappointing and against the best interests of our communities.

It was disappointing to see Labour, the Lib Dems and the Tories be more interested in political point scoring rather than standing up for their local communities in Dundee – but there’s still time for them to drop their opposition and back the Scottish Government’s proposals as the Budget Bill progresses."

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