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Lib Dems see pathway to agreement on budget

January 17, 2014 5:01 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Speaking ahead of the Stage 1 debate on the Scottish Budget onWillie RennieWillie Rennie Wednesday and after publication of the Budget Bill by the Scottish Government, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie has indicated that his party can see a pathway to agreement with the Scottish Government.

Mr Rennie said:

"I wrote to John Swinney on the 18th December to set out the reasonable proposals of the Scottish Liberal Democrats for changes to his budget.

"We put a very tight focus onto childcare for two-year-olds, more support for colleges, more affordable housing for rent, free school meals to match provision in England and support for capital investment in Shetland to take up the Treasury offer for match funding.

"Recent announcements from the Scottish Government, after our letter, on childcare and free school meals have shown that there is an evident pathway to agreement between our two parties.

"More work needs to be done and more discussions have to sort out the details. But it is possible to see how this can be a Budget for a stronger economy in a fairer society, helping everyone in Scotland to get on in life."