Stone calls for UK and Scottish Governments to provide fair funding for Highland Council
It has emerged that the implementation of the new Universal Credit benefit has cost the Highland Council £2.5m. The Council has called for the UK Government to reimburse this cost so they do not have to make further cuts to council funded services.
Commenting Jamie Stone said:
“Due to cuts in the amount of cash the Scottish Government gives the Highland Council, vital public services are being seriously cut back.
“Even worse is the fact that the UK Government is also letting us down. The £2.5m the Highland Council are having to spend on the implementation of Universal Credit is scandalous. Local people desperately need proper local services. Both governments must snap out of it and face this reality.
“For this reason I am calling for representatives of both governments to come to Inverness to meet with the Highland Council to agree a scheme to restore public spending in the Highlands to a proper, fair footing.”