Tory Councillor on Stirling Council, Neil Benny, has been slammed by SNP Spokesperson on Finance, Councillor Gerry McLaughlan, after Cllr Benny conceded that identified savings within Council services will not be made.
The comments came during a recent meeting of the full council where Councillor Benny – Stirling Council’s Finance Convener – indicated that major cuts to Council services were unlikely to deliver the savings promised.
Councillor Benny further indicated that these savings would be found “elsewhere.”
Commenting on Councillor Benny’s admission, the SNP’s Councillor Gerry McLaughlan said:
“It beggars belief that this is the situation that Stirling Council has been led into and Councillor Benny’s Tory/Labour Coalition should be utterly ashamed. Cuts that were pushed through earlier this year included an unnecessary attack on social care – which saw a devastating £700K removed from its budget – and now we find out that these cuts are unlikely to result in the savings we were promised!
“It is sheer incompetent leadership that has resulted in us being where we are today and it is bewildering that Councillor Benny thinks the situation can be resolved by cutting away elsewhere. If this is to be how business is conducted by this Coalition, what was the point in their poor attempts to conduct a public consultation in a priority-based budget process?
“Councillor Benny and his Tory and Labour colleagues must be transparent about where the axe is going to fall – it is an absolute travesty that vital public services are now at risk due to Benny’s budgetary blunder.”