2017 has given the Tory/Labour Administration on Stirling Council cause to hang their heads in shame after an officers’ report has shown that overall spending on social care is set to be £2.2 million more than was originally budgeted for.
In February last year, the coalition forced through a cut of £700,000 to the service, despite the SNP Group tabling a fully-costed amendment that completely protected the service. This resulted in added pressures to a reduced staff force.
The report is due to be brought before the Council’s Finance Committee on January 12th.
Commenting, SNP Finance Spokesperson, Councillor Gerry McLaughlan said:
“This is typical of the ruling Tory/Labour coalition whose financial incompetence saw them completely disregard a fully costed SNP budget earlier last year that would have protected social care in its entirety and instead opted for cutting three-quarters-of-a-million from such a vital service.
“Social care has suffered a double hit after the Labour Convener of Social Care has failed to produce a competent budget and the Tory Finance Convener has failed to monitor the Council’s overall budget. People across the Stirling area will rightly question how, despite forcing through cuts to the service, Stirling Council now find themselves facing an overspend of more than £2 million.”
SNP Health and Social Care spokesperson, Councillor Graham Houston added:
“The SNP have always been completely opposed to the Tory/Labour policy of cutting funding to social care which is a service that so many of the most vulnerable people in our communities rely on. The reduction in support to this service has meant that front-line care workers have faced redundancy with many taking voluntary severance.
“With an ageing population presenting new challenges for local authorities, now is not the time to reduce the social care service and it beggars belief that, whilst doing so, the Tory/Labour coalition have managed to spend more money than was anticipated.”