Hyslop Questions West Lothian Council Leader on £2m Cut Vote
Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop has written to West Lothian Council Leader, John McGinty demanding to know why he voted at COSLA to reduce the Council’s 2015/16 grant from the Scottish Government by £2m.
Despite the fact that West Lothian is one of the fastest growing regions in Scotland, the Labour motion, supported by Cllr. McGinty, demands that the population changes for 15/16 be ignored and that councils get the same cash figure as in 14/15.
“It is well known that we have an ever increasing population in West Lothian, particularly when it comes to children and older people. I am extremely disappointed and confused as to why the council Leader would turn down an extra £2m that would have gone towards addressing the growing education and support needs for children and old people.
“I have written to West Lothian Council Leader Councillor McGinty to raise my concerns about why he is restricting an extra £2m for the people of West Lothian when Scottish Government advice indicated that it was needed.”