Bruce Crawford MSP for Stirling Constituency has welcomed the announcements in the Scottish Government draft budget for the year ahead.

The Draft Budget includes new investment in public services, as well as new measures to support business, jobs, economic growth and help ease the financial burden on families.

The Scottish Government Budget delivers increased investment in education, record investment in the NHS, protects low income households from tax hikes and supports more and better jobs.

Commenting on the proposals Mr Crawford said;

“Closing the attainment gap, reducing child poverty and ensuring equality of access to higher education, will generate long term benefits for our economy and public finances. That is why the Scottish Government are prioritising education and providing the resources to match.

“This budget delivers the Government’s commitment to secure the future of Scotland’s health service. Next year they will invest an additional £300 million in NHS resource budgets – £120 million more than inflation – a massive step toward our promise to Scotland’s health service.

“The Scottish Government budget also provides a strong settlement for local government. This means Stirling Council will see an increase in overall spending power for 2017/18 despite cuts to the Scottish Government budget. Councils will also keep the full value of the revenue from Council Tax re-banding – every penny raised locally will be spent locally as councils see fit.