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Swinney must act to implement Scottish Water reform

September 11, 2012 4:12 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the Scottish Government debate on Action to Deliver Sustainable Economic Growth, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

"Once again, SNP ministers have put their fingers in their ears and not listened to the biggest proposal which allows them to create jobs in Scotland. Time and time again I have shown the Finance Secretary that reform to Scottish Water has the potential to release a £1.5 billion windfall.

"I am really disappointed that John Swinney won't act to tackle this. Turning Scottish Water into a Public Benefit Corporation could boost jobs and growth whilst keeping it firmly in public ownership. I'm increasingly concerned that the SNP government has its heart set on independence alone.

"The Scottish Government should work with the UK Treasury to ensure Scotland has access to this substantial windfall as soon as possible in order to boost jobs and growth. It would release £1.5 billion to invest in the economy now including for science, broadband and local job funds. The SNP government must also do all that it can with the UK government to work as hard as possible for Scotland's economy, regardless of its own feelings towards it.

"There is a real opportunity here, but it seems that the SNP government is one which would cut off its nose to spite its face."