Local Lothian MSP Neil Findlay has called on the SNP run Scottish Government to grant additional funding for councils in order to enable the safe return of schools across Scotland.
In West Lothian, Mr Findlay has called for an extra £12 million in order to cover the costs associated with the coronavirus crisis and to carry out the necessary steps to ensure a safe return to school.
The MSP has written to the Scottish Government to ask that they immediately cover what he has described as a ‘black hole’ in council budgets, stating that the alternative could lead to job losses and service cuts.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
“The Scottish Government need to urgently step in to cover the shortfall in funding that our councils are facing as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
“To allow our schools to return full-time in the safest possible way, councils need to be supported by funding from central government in Holyrood. The alternative is unthinkable and will result in job losses and service cuts at a time when people need them most.
“Our councils have been starved of essential financial support for too long. At this crucial time, the Scottish Government should right this wrong and step in to provide much needed financial assistance for local government.