LABOUR/TORY/LIBDEM OPPOSITION FAIL TO SUPPORT INVESTMENT IN NORTH AYRSHIRE

Communities across North Ayrshire are set to benefit from greater support as a result of the Scottish Government’s Budget, SNP MSP for Cunninghame South has said. This includes £682.1m for NHS Ayrshire and Arran and delivery of the Ayrshire resilience scheme at over £120m.

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

Ruth Maguire has condemned the approach taken by the Tories, Lib Dems and Labour, providing opposition for opposition’s sake rather than supporting investment in communities throughout North Ayrshire.

Commenting, Ruth said:

“This Scottish Government budget provides a strong funding deal for North Ayrshire, 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 North Ayrshire – but there’s still time for them to drop their opposition and back the Scottish Government’s proposals as the Budget Bill progresses.

North Ayrshire itself will benefit from a range of direct spending commitments, including £682.1m for NHS Ayrshire and Arran and delivery of the Ayrshire resilience scheme at over £120m.

Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems should think again before choosing to rob North Ayrshire 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.”