Joe Cullinane

Scottish Labour Councillor for Kilwinning

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Scottish Government record huge underspend despite harsh cuts

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New figures have shown that the SNP Scottish Government underspent their budgets by a record £444million in 2013-14 despite cutting services.

The underspend includes £165million in the education budget, £17million on health and £92million on justice. 

Speaking about the figures Councillor Joe Cullinane, Labour’s Holyrood candidate for Cunninghame South said, 

“Whilst people, particularly the vulnerable, suffer as vital services are cut is it acceptable for the Scottish Government to have a record underspend of £444million?” 

“North Ayrshire Council has been faced with cuts of over £19million over the next three years whilst the Scottish Government have sat on this money.” 

“Colleges have faced huge cuts resulting in 140,000 fewer college places, students from the poorest backgrounds now face having more debt as non-repayable grants have been slashed, teacher numbers are down and class sizes are up all while the Education budget is underspent by £165million.” 

“£92million has been underspent in the Justice budget at the same time as the SNP closed Irvine’s Justice of the Peace court.” 

“Frankly I don’t believe it is acceptable to pass on these cuts whilst sitting on a record underspend. The next time SNP politicians try to play party politics about cuts and blame others I am sure people will not forget that it is them who has failed to protect public services by underspending their budget.”

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