Hyslop Welcomes Continued Investment for West Lothian
Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop has welcomed the Scottish Government’s budget which passed through Parliament last week which she has said will create a fairer and more prosperous society.
Speaking in the Chamber last Thursday, the Finance Secretary John Swinney said the budget would build on the Scottish Government’s track record since 2007 and take steps to meet the aspirations for Scotland set out in the recent referendum campaign.
“Last week the Scottish Government announced its ongoing investment for the people of West Lothian. Not only will West Lothian Residents save around £1200 due to the continued council tax freeze, West Lothian residents trying to get on the housing market will find this easier as of April next year as stamp duty is replaced with a Land and Buildings Transaction Tax.(1) Residents in West Lothian will also benefit from more affordable housing.
“In addition to this West Lothian will receive a £5.9 million boost to its housing stock and Scottish Government investment in the new Blackburn Health Centre. This budget from Finance Secretary John Swinney, clearly demonstrates the Scottish Government’s priorities – tackling inequality, investing in our local economy and protecting the most vulnerable.
“The SNP Government has a great track record in West Lothian, ensuring free personal care for the elderly, free prescriptions and upgrades to the M9, Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme and the Bathgate to Airdrie train works since 2007. I am pleased that the Scottish Government is continuing to deliver the best for the people of West Lothian.”