Published: 01/02/2019 12:42 - Updated: 01/02/2019 12:48

SNP-Green budget agreement will help Moray, says Leadbitter

SNP co-leader Graham LeadbitterTHE leader of Moray Council has welcomed yesterday's agreement on the budget between the SNP and the Green Party in Holyrood.

Graham Leadbitter (Elgin South, SNP) stated it would improve Moray's financial position and provide greater flexibility around council tax and health and social care funding.

He said: “The news from the Scottish Parliament is very welcome and the combination of additional funds and flexibility are a big help towards closing our remaining budget deficit.

“It is vital, however, that we are not complacent. There are still tough choices facing the council and the SNP administration will be working closely with council officers over the next few weeks to budget day to look at every possible option that could mitigate against the hardest choices we are facing.

“We have had a great response from Moray’s communities to take up Fit Life memberships and it really important that momentum is maintained.

“While the budget news is increasingly positive there is still a budget gap to close and the SNP are committed to working with others to get Moray Council’s finances into a sustainable position.

"That means continuing with the hard work and keeping that going throughout the year. We have to deal with the immediate budget issues and work on medium and long-term plans that will get us on an even keel.”

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