The Scottish Green Party have secured an additional £17.7m for local services in the Highlands and Islands as part of a £160m concession won during budget negotiations with the Scottish Government.
The deal means vital extra funds will be given to the six local authorities in the Highlands and Islands, as follows:
- Highland Council £8.2m
- Argyll and Bute Council £3m
- Moray Council £2.8m
- Comhairle nan Eilean Siar £1.3m
- Shetland Islands Council £1.3m
- Orkney Islands Council £1.1m
Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie said:
“Greens stand firmly with Highlands and Islands communities and public sector workers affected by cuts and closures, and these new funds secured by Green MSPs mean we can start to repair the damage done by years of underfunding and lack of local flexibility.
“This deal means £17.7m additional funding for local services in Highland.
“This is the biggest budget concession in Holyrood’s history. Other parties effectively ruled themselves out of constructive dialogue. Green MSPs have achieved more in a single budget than the Labour Party has in a decade of opposition.
“This is, however, only the start of a journey on restoring financial powers at local level.”