Budget set to benefit Angus

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Grown Johns Swinney MSP lays out the Scottish Government Budget for 2015/2016.  This was the first time Scottish Parliament has levied taxation in over 300 years. 09 October 2014.  Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Grown Johns Swinney MSP lays out the Scottish Government Budget for 2015/2016. This was the first time Scottish Parliament has levied taxation in over 300 years. 09 October 2014. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

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According to Finance Secretary John Swinney last week’s budget announcement will see continued investment in Angus.

On Thursday Mr Swinney set out the budget to the Scottish Parliament which he believed would make Scotland, and by extension Angus, more prosperous, tackle inequalities, continue the investment and protection of public services and take steps to meet the aspirations brought about by the Referendum campaign.

These included things like more affordable housing; continued free prescriptions; more savings due to the council tax freeze; free school meals; 1,000 more Police Scotland officers; and free personal care for the elderly, among others.

Mr Swinney said: “We want to build a Scotland which shares its wealth with every one of its people, which is why this budget takes action to prioritise policies that help hard working families, protect the vulnerable and grow our economy.

“By providing the money to allow councils to freeze the Council Tax for the eighth year in a row we are putting cash back into the pockets of people across the country.

“It’s crucial that we develop our health service and meet the changing demands of people living in Angus, which is why we are also protecting the budget for the NHS.”

Angus is also due to get a slice of the £10.8 billion local government allocation which will be used to enhance the authority’s affordable housing stock.

Mr Swinney said: “We have already delivered more than 21,000 affordable homes in Scotland.

“This £3.25 million boost to affordable housing in Angus will help even more people get their foot on the housing ladder.

“Westminster cuts to our spending make conditions very challenging for Scotland and we are doing everything possible to tackle these effects on some of the lowest paid people in our communities.

“Despite these pressures we are protecting Angus’s budget and continuing to invest in the area.

“We have maintained levels of local government funding and allocated extra money for new responsibilities including our pre-school nursery care for children.”

He concluded: “These moves will help parents get back into work and give children a better start in life. This budget delivers a fair deal for the people of Angus.”