SNP budget ‘protects’ East Lothian’s vulnerable
The SNP group at East Lothian Council has announced details of its budget proposals to be debated at next week’s special budget meeting.
The News revealed last week that a raft of cuts and cash-generating schemes are being considered as the council’s Labour/Conservative/Independent administration prepares for its three-year budget.
The closure of some rural schools, charges for public toilets and cuts to civic pride funding are among the measures mooted by officials to help save money.
The SNP says its budget has been costed and approved as sustainable and includes measures to protect local communities and the vulnerable in East Lothian.
Speaking ahead of full publication, group leader Councillor Paul McLennan said: “For months now Labour have misled the public by insisting that cuts would have to be made in front line services. Our budget delivers on the manifesto with which we fought the election only a few moths ago.
“The budget on Education, Children’s Wellbeing and Adult Social Care will all be increased over the next three year budget period under our proposals. We are proposing to protect free school meals for all children in areas such as Tranent and Prestonpans to name only two.”
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