SNP budget brings funding boost for Highlands

Highland Council is set to receive a significant funding boost as a result of this year’s SNP Scottish Government budget – with local services benefiting from an extra £9 million.

The SNP’s progressive reforms – which will see 55 per cent of taxpayers pay less in income tax than if they lived in the rest of the UK – guarantee a two per cent rise in Highland Council’s resource budget, providing extra funding for schools, roads and housing.

The budget will also see Highland schools benefit from over £4 million as part of the Pupil Equity Fund, helping to tackle the attainment gap.

The Scottish Budget also provides additional spending on our NHS – which will see an extra £400 million in funding to help protect our health service from Tory austerity.

Kate Forbes MSP said: “This extra funding for Highland Council – an additional £9 million for the coming year – is a great settlement for our communities.

“The SNP’s progressive reforms on income tax, seeing 70 per cent of people pay less than they did last year, and 55 per cent pay less than they would if they lived south of the border, are vital for allowing this funding increase despite continued austerity being imposed by the Tories at Westminster.

“And it takes the total resource budget for our council’s services – such as schools, roads and housing – to almost £450 million for the coming year, an increase of over two per cent when compared with last year.

“This progressive budget also provides extra funding for our NHS, education and broadband, and more money for our economy, research and our environment too – as well as protecting free university tuition, free personal care for the elderly, free school meals and free prescriptions.

“While the Tories propose cutting over £556 million from public services in order to pay for their tax cuts for the wealthiest – the SNP Government delivers for our councils and protects the vital local services in the Highlands that we all hold dear.”

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