Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed the unveiling of revised budget proposals by Finance Secretary Derek Mackay which will see Comhairle nan Eilean Siar receive an extra £1.2 million.

The budget boost comes as the Scottish Government confirmed that local government will receive an above-inflation increase in resource funding.

Alasdair Allan said that the SNP budget would give Scots the best deal in the UK, with investment in public services and a tax cut for lower earners.

Under the progressive tax reforms those earning up to £33,000 will pay less than last year, while higher earners will face a modest increase.

These tax changes will allow the Scottish Government to increase health spending by £400 million to £13.6 billion, lift the public sector pay cap and provide a package of investment in the economy. 

Alasdair Allan commented:“The draft budget shows that, where Scotland has the power, the SNP will take a different, fairer approach – and give Scots the best deal in the UK.

“Thanks to the decisions made by the Scottish Government, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will see an above-inflation rise in their revenue funding – with an extra £1.2 million to spend on local services.

“That’s a good deal for taxpayers and for public services across the islands and will go towards extra funding for the NHS, an expansion in childcare, £600 million for the continued rollout of superfast broadband across the country and a pay rise for hard-working public sector employees. This is only possible because of the SNP’s progressive tax reforms which are backed by a majority of the Scottish public.

“In the face of massive Westminster cuts, the Scottish Government is using its powers progressively to invest in our schools, hospitals and across our communities.”