Conservative Party MSPs for the North East have today given their tacit support to the Scottish Government and it’s cuts to local government funding, by refusing to vote against the SNP government’s Local Government Finance Order.
This shocking revelation follows news that funding for councils in the North East falls well below the Scottish Government's promised 85% of the Scottish average. City Council receives 73% of the Scottish Average while the Shire receives around 81%, per head of population.
North East MSP Mike Rumbles said: "The Conservative Party have betrayed the people of the North East today. Their five North East MSPs have decided to go against the best interests of their constituents and instead vote according to the instructions they received from their Finance spokesperson.
“I am stunned that the Tories have gone down this path. A strong opposition, I don’t think so. Rather than standing up to these swinging cuts to the North East, they have failed to vote against the SNP when they needed to. They should hold their heads in shame."
The Scottish Liberal Democrats have also uncovered for the first time that the method used by the SNP to calculate their promise to fund every council with at least 85% of the Scottish average, ignores the four councils with the highest funding, leaving Aberdeen City a further £3.6 million out of pocket.
Mr Rumbles added: "The Scottish Government are fiddling the figures to deprive the North East of funding to which it would otherwise be entitled. This is terrible behaviour from a Government who have quite literally deleted the statistics they don’t like.
“I don’t know who I’m most disappointed with, the SNP Government for introducing this terrible Order or the North East Conservative MSPs who refused to vote against it."