Glasgow Kelvin MSP Kaukab Stewart has welcomed yesterday’s Scottish Budget, which delivers record NHS funding in Glasgow and fully funds the council tax freeze by increasing funding for Glasgow City Council by 5%.

In Holyrood the Cabinet Secretary for Finance Shona Robison set out the Scottish Government’s priorities for the coming year, including:

  • Record funding for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.
  • Providing over £200 million to ensure every social care and early learning and childcare worker is paid £12, a raise of over £2,000 for full-time workers in Glasgow.
  • Delivering over £140 million of additional investment in local services, increasing overall funding by 6% taking it to a record high of £14 billion.
  • Extending the roll-out of free school meals to children in primaries six and seven who receive the Scottish Child Payment
  • Providing local authorities with £1.5 million to cancel school meal debt
  • Progressing the next phase of the A9 dualling programme

Commenting, Kaukab Stewart MSP said:

“This Scottish Budget prioritises our NHS, public services and support for the most vulnerable households across Glasgow..

“Despite Westminster cuts, the SNP Government is determined to properly fund our public services and remains committed to closing the attainment gap, alleviating poverty and meeting our ambitious net zero goals.

“The SNP is committed to Scotland’s values of equality, opportunity and community, and in spite of extremely challenging financial circumstances the budget will support households and services in Glasgow that need it most.

“The Scottish Government’s social contract with the people of Scotland is stronger than ever.”