Government Budget is good news for Angus

John Swinney, the MSP for Perthshire North and is currently Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth in the Scottish Government.

John Swinney, the MSP for Perthshire North and is currently Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth in the Scottish Government.

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Thursday’s budget delivered on the ask of the Scottish people for a fairer and more prosperous Scotland, Finance Secretary John Swinney has said.

Mr Swinney also said that the terms of the budget confirm continued investment in services in the Angus area.

He outlined that people living in Angus will benefit from average savings of around £1,200 due to extra money provided to freeze council tax; free prescriptions, free school meals; free personal care for the elderly; 600 hours of free childcare for three and four-year-olds, and the most vulnerable two-year-olds; more affordable housing; continued measures to fully mitigate the Bedroom Tax; a commitment to the Living Wage, quality healthcare and a protected NHS budget.

Angus will also receive a £3.25 million share of the £10.8 billion local government allocation to boost its housing stock.

Mr Swinney said: “Westminster cuts to our spending make conditions very challenging for Scotland and we are doing everything possible to tackle these effects on some of the lowest paid people in our communities.

“Despite these pressures we are protecting Angus’s budget and continuing to invest in the area.”