|News from the Scottish Government: Cross-party support for Scottish Budget|
|A further £20 million is being allocated in the Scottish Budget 2021-22 to help disadvantaged children and young people improve their educational attainment. The additional Pupil Equity Fund premium was announced by Finance Secretary Kate Forbes following the successful conclusion of talks with the Scottish Liberal Democrats, who have agreed to support the budget in parliament tomorrow.|
The package also includes £15 million support for skills and training to back economic recovery in the north east, and confirmation that £90 million provided this year to support a national council tax freeze will be maintained in local authority budgets going forward.
Ms Forbes said:
“From the outset I have stressed that this needs to be a consensual budget to meet Scotland’s needs in these extraordinary times.“
I have held detailed and productive talks with all parties and taken on many of their priorities, alongside those of the Scottish Government.
“I am delighted that the Liberal Democrats have now agreed to join the Greens in voting for the budget tomorrow. This example of cross-party work at a time of national emergency reflects well on the Scottish Parliament.“
These announcements support the education of disadvantaged pupils, help drive our economic recovery and provide certainty to local authorities.
Good idea, I like it.
Given that moaning all the time is getting the Lib Dems nowhere, maybe they should try being helpful and see if the electorate like that better?