>> 14 February 2014
SNP councillors in Aberdeenshire have backed a ‘consensus’ budget for Aberdeenshire Council.
Councillors agreed a budget of £517 million for 2014/15 to support the delivery of frontline services. In previous years the opposition SNP budget and the Administration Group budget have shared a number of objectives in the public interest.
Shadow Leader of the Council Cllr Hamish Vernal said:
“We have outlined a number of areas – such as Town Centre Regeneration, more affordable housing stock, and transport infrastructure – where the council’s Administration shares our desire to see progress on these issues. On these areas of common ground, we can work together for the common good of Aberdeenshire.
“The SNP look forward to influencing and participating fully in the budget discussions ahead of Aberdeenshire over the coming months. We believe that we have the experience and the vision to contribute to strategic choices about the Council’s future which are best for residents.”
Commenting on the Housing Revenue Account Budget, SNP Housing spokesperson Cllr Anne Allan said:
“Further action by the Scottish Government, through the current Housing Bill, to finally end the Right to Buy, in 2017, will stop further erosion of much needed affordable housing which is a scarce and essential resource for any balanced and healthy community.”