17 March, 2017 - 00:00

Susan Jeynes

Green MSPs played a key role in the 2017 budget negotiations in Holyrood, securing an extra £160m for councils across Scotland. In Fife this meant an additional £10.78m to spend in 2017/18, which saw some of the most damaging cuts proposed  in the draft budget in November being scrapped.

These had included proposals to increase class sizes in Fife schools to the maximum legal limit, removing free bus passes from some pupils, and closing all remaining public toilets in Fife.

But there are still some huge cuts to come from the budget passed this year by the Labour administration, including a massive £3m from the teaching budget, and significant cuts to youth work and adult education.

Green councillors will continue to fight for fair funding for the education, health care and transport services Fife residents rely on so much.

We want to see a Participatory Budgeting process, where residents get a proper say in the budget decisions and help ensure funds are spend on the things most important to you.

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At our Spring conference we heard about the hard work of our current Green councillors and their successes as well as learning more about some of our fantastic candidates and why they are standing for local council.

We are standing more candidates than ever before but we can’t elect them without help from people like you.

Here are just some of the ways you can get involved:

Use your vote

Andy Collins Wed 22 Mar

The council election on 4th May will use the single transferable vote system (STV).

The counting is, admittedly, complex but the voting is not, all you have to do is simply rank candidates in the order you would prefer them to be elected.

We are asking you to please give the Green candidate your fi rst preference vote, but it is important to rank as many candidates as you can.

Remember that giving a later rank (higher number) to a candidate has no effect on the whether your earlier choices are elected or not.