Wednesday, 28 January 2009

The Scottish Budget

Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSP's) today voted by 1 vote to reject the minority SNP Government's budget for 2009/10. The SNP/Tories and 1 Indepenedent voted in favour whilst Labour, Lib Dems and the 2 Green MSP's voted against the £33 billion budget (nearly twice as much as what Wales gets!!)Alex Salmond has warned that if the budget is not passed he will resign. Will this result in an election and what will happen to Labour...(and the Lib Dems) if he does? Interesting times but more worrying for Scottish Local Authorities who don't know what their settlement will be and what the impact will be on their most vulnerable residents; shame Labour and Lib Dems MSP's hadn't thought about that before they threw the budget setting process into chaos.

1 comment:

Lerroux said...

Apparently the Lib Dem/Labour are now backing off and desparate for an agreement...they obviously don't fancy their changes in a general election.