27th May 2016

Stirling Council Tories: We Should Have Cut Services Years Ago

SNP Councillors have hit out at comments made by the Stirling Council Tory Group Leader that Local Government cuts could not have come soon enough.

At tonight’s Meeting of the Full Council, Conservative Councillor and Finance Convener on Stirling Council, Neil Benny, claimed that Stirling Council cuts and changes to workers’ contracts should have taken place “years ago”.

Responding, SNP Councillor and Finance Committee Member, Councillor Ian Muirhead said:

“It will come as no shock to anyone that the Tories are more interested in cutting services than investing in them, but residents across Stirling will find Councillor Benny’s comments tonight beyond the pale. 

“UK Government austerity has meant that these are challenging times for all local authorities, but this Tory/Labour Administration’s obsession with cutting Social Care and changing workers’ contracts were purely of political choice, not necessity. The SNP put forward a fully costed amendment to the Administration’s budget that protected these vital services and treated workers with dignity; however, this was rejected by Councillor Benny and his Labour colleagues.

“To say that these cuts haven’t come soon enough is insulting and speaks volumes of the priorities of this Council Administration.”