19 February 2016
Responding to Finance Secretary John Swinney's description of the SNP's multi-million pounds cuts package as having a " minimal impact" upon the city, Lesley Brennan said :
“John Swinney and his SNP Government are completely out of touch with the needs of the people of Dundee.
“He believes that the city can take a £23 million cut with just ‘ minimal impact' on jobs, services and the local economy
“You cannot cut your way from austerity to prosperity.
“At the eleventh hour , Mr Swinney must think again about the serious effects that his cascade of cuts will have on Dundee.”
Scottish Parliament : Written answer
17 February 2016
Lesley Brennan (North East Scotland) (Scottish Labour):
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of what the impact on (a) staff levels, (b) council services and (c) the area's economy would be of a 3.5%
reduction in the 2016-17 local government grant settlement for Dundee City Council.
The package of funding the Scottish Government is providing for the coming financial year to local government will enable councils to increase the pace of reform and improve public services to communities across the country.
Taking into account the addition of the £250 million to support the integration of health and social care, next year’s reduction in local authority overall estimated expenditure is less than one per cent. I believe that such a reduction should have minimal impact on the jobs, services or the area's economy of any of Scotland's councils, including Dundee, as they should be able to address these challenges from a healthy base as local government funding has been rising in Scotland in recent years with core funding protected and new money provided for additional responsibilities.