Cumbernauld's MP welcomes ‘attempts to protect frontline services’ in the council's budget; hitting out at the town's MSP
Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
Published at 19:44 GMT on Tuesday 26th February, 2013.
 
TOWN MP Gregg McClymont has said that he welcomes North Lanarkshire Council’s latest budget; welcoming the authorities ‘attempts to protect frontline services’.
 
There has been a mixed reaction to the council’s latest budget. However, local MP Gregg McClymont has welcomed North Lanarkshire Council’s attempts to protect frontline services through its recent budget.
 
The Labour MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East also took the opportunity to express his disappointment in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth MSP Jamie Hepburn’s backing of the Scottish Government’s recently passed budget which will see £217million being taken out the council budget and £52million from capital spending.
 
 
 
 
The town’s MP said: “I’m afraid Mr Hepburn is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of local people. At the same time as he is criticising the decisions made by North Lanarkshire Council he is voting through the very budget cuts that are creating these challenges locally.”
 
“It is extremely disappointing to see him backing a £217 million cut to local authorities. It might just be pressing a button in Edinburgh, but the impact locally is felt in our schools, community centres and services all across the area.
 
“Councils can only work within the spending settlement granted to them by Mr Hepburn and the SNP government. It is simply shameful to shift the difficult decisions on to councils by cutting their funding.
 
“Yet again, the SNP have wielded an axe to our local area and services are suffering. I am sure the Council will do all it can but I am concerned that every community will feel the impact of these cuts and our neighbourhoods will be all the worse for the SNP's budget decision.”
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