MORAY'S MSP has estimated that yesterday's Scottish budget should mean an additional £3.2million for the area this financial year.
Richard Lochhead said: “I welcome the additional funding that has been allocated to Moray Council that will bring some relief both for the ruling administration and also our local communities. Hopefully, Moray can move forward and respond positively to some of the concerns expressed by local communities in light of what is a very challenging financial backdrop.
“For Moray we’re looking at having an additional £3.2m this financial year allowing at least some of the proposed cuts to be mitigated or cancelled.
“I know from speaking with constituents that swimming pools, active schools and libraries are top priorities.
“The new SNP administration have been working flat out to set a balanced budget since they took over just seven months ago, after the Tory Councillors walked out when the going got tough.
"It is staggering that the Tories who have been going into overdrive to make political capital out of a dire financial situation they helped create went on to vote against more money for Moray.”