Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Local Authority Funding Deal: "A Pay Rise not a Tax Rise"


Wage Rise for Care Workers and Continued Freeze on Council Tax

The SNP has today welcomed the decision of Scotland’s 32 local authorities to agree a funding deal that will deliver a wage rise for social care workers, the protection of the pupil-teacher ratio, action on education attainment and the continuation of the council tax freeze.

Commenting, SNP MSP Kevin Stewart said:

“This agreement will ensure that despite unprecedented pressure placed on the Scottish budget by Tory austerity cuts, the public’s priorities will continue to be delivered at a national and local level.

“The local government settlement will deliver a Living Wage for social care workers and will make additional funding available to support the biggest reform in our health service since 1948 by integrating health and social care.

“Additional funding will also be provided to local authorities to improve educational attainment and to maintain the pupil-teacher ratio in our schools – ensuring that every child can reach their full potential.

“And with council tax bills frozen for a ninth consecutive year, meaning a total saving of more than £1,500 for the average band D household, this is a settlement that delivers a pay rise for people on low wages – not a tax rise.”
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