Published: 01/02/2018 10:18 - Updated: 01/02/2018 10:08

£7.5m windfall eases council financial plight

 

John Finnie welcomes extra money from Holyrood.
John Finnie welcomes extra money from Holyrood.
SWINGEING cuts to Highland Council’s services will be lessened following a last minute Holyrood deal.

The Green party agreed to support the minority SNP Government’s settlement on the proviso that an extra £170 million is given to local authorities.

This will see £7.5 million more given to the Highlands than initially thought, as leading councillors prepared to make £24 million worth of cuts.

Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie said: "I am delighted that my Green MSP colleagues and I have been able to seal this monumental deal which will ensure Highland Council’s proposed cuts can now be significantly reduced.

"I have continuously pressed for these cuts to be scrapped and I’m thrilled that we have delivered a fair settlement today."

The deal will also mean more people earning below-average salaries will pay less income tax and all public sector employees earning up to £36,500 will receive a minimum three per cent pay increase.

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