LABOUR AND LIB DEMS SHOULD STOP ALIGNING WITH PARTY OF AUSTERITY

SNP MSP for Cunninghame South, Ruth Maguire, has challenged opposition parties to back the Scottish Government’s support for jobs, wages and public services in Cunninghame South, in Stage 3 of the budget debate this week.

Even under extreme budgetary pressure from Westminster – the Scottish Government’s budget will benefit North Ayrshire with investment such as £682.1m for NHS Ayrshire and Arran, delivery of the Ayrshire resilience scheme at over £120m, and investment in NHS Ayrshire and Arran Acute Mental Health and North Ayrshire Community Hospital, as well as the A737 Dalry bypass.

Ruth Maguire has condemned the Tory and Labour regional opposition MSPs for choosing to oppose investment in communities throughout Cunninghame South and the West of Scotland.

Commenting, Ruth said:

“Despite continuing Tory austerity, the Scottish Government’s budget will deliver above inflation investment in the NHS, including £682.1m for NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

North Ayrshire will further benefit from a range of direct spending commitments, including delivery of the Ayrshire resilience scheme at over £120m, and investment in NHS Ayrshire and Arran Acute Mental Health and North Ayrshire Community Hospital, as well as the A737 Dalry bypass.

This comes on top of additional funding for health and social care partnerships and for schools, with over £4 million of attainment cash going directly to 49 primary and 9 secondary schools across North Ayrshire.

Additionally – 72% of businesses in North Ayrshire will see either a reduction in their rates, or no change at all after the revaluation.

It’s time for the opposition to get behind this strong package of investment in North Ayrshire.”