Harper votes for Scottish Budget

> SNP MSP for South Scotland Emma Harper tonight (Thursday) said that communities across Dumfries & Galloway are set to benefit from an additional £5.114 million in funding for local services as a result of the Scottish Government’s budget passing Stage 1 this evening.
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> However, Local Councillor MSPs Finlay Carson and Colin Smyth voted against the budget, even though it would result in extra funding for their own Council. Labour, Tory and Lib Dem opponents failed to support investment for Dumfries & Galloway in the budget – with the three opposition parties voting against the SNP’s proposals to fund local services on Thursday.
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> Commenting following the vote, Emma said:
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> “This Scottish Government budget provides a strong funding deal for Dumfries & Galloway, giving spending commitments in the NHS, education, infrastructure, environment and the economy. For the opposition parties, with the exception of the Greens, to vote against all of this was deeply disappointing and against the best interests of our communities.
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> “It was disappointing to see Labour, the Lib Dems and the Tories be more interested in political point scoring rather than standing up for their local communities in Dumfries & Galloway – and I’m particularly surprised that Finlay Carson and Colin Smyth, who both serve on Dumfries & Galloway Council, should have voted against extra funds for their own Council.
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> “But there’s still time for them to drop their opposition and back the Scottish Government’s proposals as the Budget Bill progresses.
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> “Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems should think again before choosing to rob Dumfries & Galloway of extra resources in a narrow-minded campaign designed to achieve nothing more than embarrassing the SNP Scottish Government. This budget is too important for our communities to allow that to happen.”
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