THE SNP MUST PASS ON £150 MILLION COUNCIL FUNDING IN FULL

THE SNP MUST PASS ON £150 MILLION COUNCIL FUNDING IN FULL

Thanks to the UK Government, councils across Scotland are due to receive around £155 as a result of extra council spending in England.

But instead of promising to send the cash on, the SNP advised councils to raid their own savings, despite Audit Scotland repeatedly warning that many local authorities were running on empty.

Stirling Council is under severe financial pressure after years of SNP cuts with only £36.3 million in useable reserves. The SNP must ensure that Stirling Council is given all the money it is due as a of matter of urgency.

Scottish Conservative Councillor for Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, Alastair Majury said:

“Councils across the country have been struggling to meet the demands of this virus and will continue to struggle as demand on health and social care services grow and greater supplies of personal protective equipment are required.

“In Parliament yesterday, Kate Forbes referred to the row concerning £155 million in Barnett consequentials as being merely a ‘storm in a teacup’.

“Telling Stirling Council to raid already depleted reserves is nothing but a slap in the face when there are millions of pounds on the way from the UK Government.

“Local authorities across Scotland are spearheading the response to this virus, Stirling Council should not have to go begging to the SNP for funds.

“Now the SNP must ensure that communities in Stirling Council are not left behind.”

The latest figures show that as of 31 March 2019 local authorities had the following reserves:

These figures are available in full here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-local-government-finance-statistics-slgfs-2018-19/pages/5/

· Kate Forbes told Scottish councils to raid their reserves as she refused to commit to passing on funding in full. Writing to COSLA, Forbes said: ‘the use of local government reserves’ could help ‘contain the costs’ incurred by the virus. (Scottish Government, Letter from Kate Forbes, 29 April 2020, link.)

· The Scottish Government has an extra £155 million thanks to a £1.6 billion investment in local authorities south of the border. The UK Government has committed a further £1.6 billion to help councils to deal with the immediate impacts of coronavirus, resulting in an extra £155 million for the Scottish budget, £95 million for the Welsh Government and £50 million for the Northern Ireland Executive. (UK Government, 18 April 2020, link)

Alastair Majury Chartered MCSI resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Principal Consultant and a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.

Alastair Majury Chartered MCSI, is also a director of Majury Change Management Ltd is a highly experienced Senior Business Analyst / Data Scientist with a proven track record of success planning, developing, implementing and delivering migrations, organisational change, regulatory, legislative, and process improvements for global financial organisations, covering Retail Banking, Investment Banking, Wealth Management, and Life & Pensions.

For several years now, Alastair has worked extensively with a variety of financial institutions in order to offer the utmost comprehensive services. As a data scientist/business analyst, Alastair Majury Chartered MCSI is expected to find intuitive and sensible solutions to complex problems.

As a data scientist/business analyst, Alastair Majury Chartered MCSI has worked closely with several high-profile businesses, such as BNP Paribas, National Australia Bank, Standard Life and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group.​A graduate of University of Glasgow, Alastair Majury Chartered MCSI earned his M.A. in Economics with Business Economics. Since then, Alastair has undergone several training sessions and earned multiple certifications for a variety of skills. More specifically, he has earned certifications in IAQ, risk management, resource management, and a bevy of other areas. ​Alastair Majury thoroughly enjoys his work.

What excites him most about being a data scientist/business analyst is that every problem has a variety of solutions. This allows for a great deal of creativity on his part. Providing ingenious solutions to his customers’ problems provides a great deal of satisfaction to Alastair Majury Chartered MCSI. Every single day can be a new and challenging problem.​

Although he is a fierce and determined worker, Alastair also manages to find free time to embrace his hobbies and interests. Alastair is a major proponent of philanthropy and charitable endeavors. He constantly finds new and exciting ways to promote charities and philanthropic organizations in his community. He also tries to donate time and funds to said organizations whenever he can. Alastair Majury Chartered MCSI firmly believes that if we all work together towards a common goal, we can find peace.

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I am a Chartered Member of CISI, which is the UK’s leading securities and investment professional body. Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane.

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Alastair Majury

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I am a Chartered Member of CISI, which is the UK’s leading securities and investment professional body. Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane.

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