“Read Write Count with the First Minister"

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 22 February 2024.

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Photo of Graeme Dey Graeme Dey Scottish National Party

I understand the member’s concerns and those of her constituents, which she has articulated. Library services are a vital and valued community resource.

In relation to the budget question, South Lanarkshire Council will in 2024-25 receive £742.7 million to fund local services, which equates to an extra £45.9 million—an additional 6.6 per cent—compared to 2023-24 to support vital day-to-day provision. Although such decisions are ultimately for the council to take, the Government is, despite the cuts to our budget, providing a fair funding settlement.