SNP Smash and Grab leaves community projects without funding.

Christine Jardine has blamed the SNP smash and grab of council and NHS funding for the cash shortfall for community projects in Edinburgh.

By David Ronald Evans, Dec 17, 2018 10:12

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Christine Jardine, Lib Dem MP for Edinburgh West has blamed the SNP smash and grab of council and NHS funding for the cash shortfall for community projects in Edinburgh.

 

 

Edinburgh Integration Joint Board is meeting today (14 December) to approve the Health and Social Care Grants Programme. The funding of 35 community projects supporting older people, carers and people with disabilities is expected to be cut.

Edinburgh City Council is the second most poorly funded Local Authority per capita, receiving just £1575 per head of population in the 2018/19 financial year.

Ms Jardine has suggested that failure to reform local taxation or to meet the council tax freeze shortfall in the block grant is to blame for budgeting issues in the city.

Ms Jardine said: “These community projects across the city provide vital support for the elderly, carers and the disabled in Edinburgh. That any of them have to go without funding is totally unacceptable.

“The SNPs smash and grab of council funding is strangling local services and community projects – there’s simply not enough money to go around.

“What we need is meaningful reform of the council tax, replacing it with a fairer land value tax and a reasonable funding deal for our struggling local authorities.”

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