Tue 21 Feb, 2017

East Lothian Council sets its budget today (Tue 21 Feb).

A council consultation late last year highlighted potential cuts to services and facilities and increased charges, but in light of the additional £160million secured for local government by the Green MSPs, there is an additional £2.9million for East Lothian Council. On top of that, there is a further £3m from the changes to upper bands of Council Tax.

Jason Rose, Green candidate for Musselburgh, said:

"The revised figures adding a total of almost £6m to the Council's finances clearly show the positive impact of the Green budget deal at Holyrood. I look forward to Green councillors bringing an equally collaborative approach to East Lothian Council."

Sarah Beattie Smith, Green candidate for Dunbar & East Linton, said:

"Previously threatened cuts appear to have been shelved but we cannot be complacent.  East Lothian Council must invest in services following years of cutbacks, and the increased charges for social care must be challenged. Greens on the Council will continue to fight against cuts and will work hard to protect and improve services."

 

Get involved

More like this

Greens celebrate first Young Carer Grants

Alison Johnstone MSP Mon 20 Jan, 2020

Scottish Greens today welcomed the payment of around £67,000 in grants to young carers.

In the first five weeks of the new scheme, £66,900 was paid to 325 young carers.

Scottish Greens welcome basic income pilot proposals

Alison Johnstone MSP Tue 5 Nov, 2019

The Scottish Greens have welcomed a new report into the feasibility of a Citizen's Basic Income (CBI) in Scotland.

The interim report suggests several different models for a CBI, which would be a payment to cover basic costs paid to all residents of Scotland. It would not be subject to means-testing, benefit sanctions or tax. These could be piloted for three years in selected communities.

We must protect green spaces from urban creep

Alison Johnstone MSP Mon 28 Oct, 2019

I first became involved in politics as part of an inspiring community effort to save  Meggetland playing fields, so ensuring we protect existing greenspace is an issue very close to my heart.

And we know that greenspace has huge benefits. Studies show that people living closer to good-quality green space are more likely to have higher levels of physical activity, and additional tree coverage increases C02 absorption and reduces both flooding and noise pollution.