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£3.6M Budget Boost for East Ayrshire

Published date : 31 Jan 2018

£3.6M BUDGET BOOST FOR EAST AYRSHIRE

East Ayrshire Council will receive an extra £3.6m funding under the revised budget proposals unveiled by Finance Secretary Derek Mackay.

The budget boost comes as the Scottish Government confirmed that local government will receive an above inflation increase in resource funding.

The Government's budget will give Scots the best deal in the UK – with investment in public services and a tax cut for lower earners.

Under the progressive tax reforms 70% of taxpayers will pay less than last year, while higher earners will face a modest increase.

These tax changes will allow the Scottish Government to increase health spending by £400 million to £13.6 billion, lift the public sector pay cap and provide a package of investment in the economy.

Commenting, MSP Jeane Freeman said:

“The draft budget shows that where Scotland has the power, the SNP will take a different, fairer approach – and give Scots the best deal in the UK.

“Thanks to the decisions made by the Scottish Government, local government funding is increasing by inflation and today East Ayrshire Council have been given an extra £3.6m to spend on local services.

“That’s a good deal for taxpayers and for public services in Cumnock and Doon Valley – and is only possible because of the SNP’s progressive tax reforms, that are backed by the public by 2 to 1.

“In the face of massive Westminster cuts, the Scottish Government is using its powers progressively to invest in our schools and our hospitals – and in communities across East Ayrshire.”

ENDS

Council (East Ayrshire), Tax
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