£4.6MILLION BUDGET BOOST FOR FALKIRK COUNCIL

Falkirk Council will receive an extra £4.641million funding under revised budget proposals unveiled by Finance Secretary Derek Mackay.

The boost for the area comes as the Scottish Government confirmed an above-inflation increase in local government resource funding.

The budget proposals, which MSPs approved by 69 votes to 59 on Wednesday, will give Scots the best deal in the UK, with investment in public services and a tax cut for lower earners.
Under the progressive tax reforms, 70% of taxpayers will pay less than last year, while higher earners will face a modest rise. The tax changes will allow the Scottish Government to increase health spending by £400million to £13.6billion, lift the public sector pay cap and provide a package of investment in the economy.

Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson said: “Our budget proposals show that where Scotland has the power, the SNP will take a different, fairer approach and give Scots the best deal in the UK.

“Thanks to decisions made by the Scottish Government, Falkirk Council has been given an extra £4.641million to spend on local services. That’s a good deal for taxpayers and for public services in Falkirk district – but it’s only possible because of our progressive tax reforms.

“In the face of continued massive Westminster cuts, the Scottish Government is using its powers to invest in our schools, hospitals and communities across Falkirk district.”