Sunday 23rd February 2020,
North Edinburgh Community News

Local Labour councillor refuses to vote for cuts

A local Labour councillor last week refused to vote for the budget that the SNP-Labour coalition council put forward which he said would mean jobs going and facilities closing down.

Leith councillor, Gordon Munro, abstained last week and had previously asked the administration to make the case for fairer funding for Edinburgh.

Mr Munro said core revenue funding for Edinburgh was down 11.4 per cent since 2013-14, there had £320m cuts to date and some 1600 jobs had gone.

Leith councillor, Gordon Munro.

He said “Edinburgh needs full and fair funding. “This council receives the lowest per head of population settlement of Scotland’s major cities with Edinburgh receiving £1,376 per head compared to Glasgow’s £2,056. Edinburgh is being short changed.

“I have been critical and have been loyal to date but enough is enough.

“I cannot support a budget which makes cuts that will impact in every ward in the city – cuts on our schools, leisure centres, libraries, council services.

“Jobs will go facilities will close. But worse than that we will not be able to do what needs to be done.

“We need to build homes, new schools; tackle the demographics of a growing city and its growing needs.”

He said the budget broke the coalition agreement, not least its commitment to campaign against austerity.

Administration councillors voted to increase Council Tax by almost 5% at last weeks meeting.

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