Local Authority Budgets (Role of Communities)

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 6 June 2013.

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Photo of Bruce Crawford Bruce Crawford Scottish National Party

9. To ask the Scottish Government what it considers the role of communities should be in helping local authorities agree their annual budgets. (S4O-02223)

Photo of Derek Mackay Derek Mackay Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government welcomes all efforts that local authorities make to listen to the voices of local people when they shape their budgets. Our proposed community empowerment and renewal bill will look to strengthen the voice of communities in the planning and delivery of services across the public sector.

Photo of Bruce Crawford Bruce Crawford Scottish National Party

Does the minister agree that it was foolhardy and wrong of the Labour-Tory run Stirling Council to proceed with cuts to bus transport subsidies before consulting any of the communities affected? Given that the cuts are impacting severely on people’s ability to travel to work and education and to access public services, does he agree that that better together council should review its unsafe decision and consult the affected communities, even at this late stage?

Photo of Derek Mackay Derek Mackay Scottish National Party

It is thoroughly good practice to consult local communities on the provision of services. The renewed community planning arrangements should ensure that there is a focus on community involvement as part of the process of public sector expenditure in communities. Best practice is absolutely to communicate, consult and engage with local communities.