SNP and Labour Approve Reduction to Waste Services
SNP and Labour Councillors gave their backing to:
- A new four-weekly collection model for the grey (general waste) and blue (plastics, cans and cartons) bins, coming into effect by July 2021
- Roll out of new ‘comb lift’ bins to replace existing ‘diamond lift’ stock, starting February 2021
- Introduction of an opt-in garden waste collection permit (£35 per-year, per bin) by April 2021
- Combination of glass collection into blue bins alongside plastic, cans and cartons when the National Deposit Return Scheme arrives in July 2022.
Members approved the changes by 12 votes to 10, which aim to deliver a ‘Best in Class’ Waste Collection Service for the communities and residents of Stirling Council.
You can read the full report discussed at Council on the agenda papers, item 11 (downloadable PDF).
Crucial to the roll out of the changes will be communication and engagement that will take place with residents across the Stirling Council area in the coming months.
Some examples of what the council have consulted the public prior to decisions being made are available here — https://www.stirling.gov.uk/council-democracy/consultations/
Due to the lack of public consultation prior to the Waste Services recommendations being made and then voted on you may wish to make a formal complaint to Stirling Council about this — https://www.stirling.gov.uk/council-democracy/complaints/make-a-complaint/
And if you are still not satisfied you may wish to escalate this to the Ombudsman — https://www.spso.org.uk/complain/form/start/
And a reminder what the SNP led Scottish Government has done to Scottish Local Government funding.
The above graph shows that the SNP led Scottish Government does not value the services that local councils provide, and hence have significantly cut our funding.
If funding from the Scottish Government to Local Government had been cut by 1.65%, then the SNP, et al could complain about ‘Tory Austerity’, however as the cuts are significantly greater at 6.92% for the same period, it is clear that cuts to Local Government services are due to SNP led Scottish Government austerity.
Plus SNP led Scottish Government underspends of around £450M per year, if divided equally amongst councils would provide approximately an extra £14M to spend per year.
COSLA has also described its position on the flexibility of councils’ budgets. It has taken a different and wider approach to this. It focuses on estimated expenditure. It identifies expenditure areas that have been ring-fenced or are protected through obligations created by current and past Scottish Government policy initiatives, demand pressures, or fixed obligations such as loan charges.
In its response to the Local Government and Communities Committee on the 2019/20 budget, COSLA’s view is that Scottish Government policies and fixed commitments represented 58 per cent of local government revenue expenditure budgets in 2018/19; 60 per cent in 2019/20.
You can read more about this in the below Audit Scotland report:
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