Analysis from The Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre (SPICE) has shown that Dumfries and Galloway Council’s budget will see a real terms cut of 3.2%. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInLocal MSP Colin Smyth and Dumfries and Galloway Council Leader Elaine Murray have criticised the Scottish Government’s Budget after Dumfries and Galloway Council confirmed it faced a £18.467 million funding gap. In a briefing to councillors, officials at Dumfries and Galloway Council have confirmed that the budget will mean the council having to fill a £18.467m funding gap for 2019/20. The Scottish Government’s draft budget allows for local authorities to raise Council Tax by 3%. If such an increase was agreed by Dumfries and Galloway Council it is estimated this would generate just over £2million for local services, still leaving a £16.356 million funding gap. New responsibilities such as increasing the number of hours of nursery provision and measures to tackle period poverty should be funded in addition to current services and not by cutting current services. The draft budget will lead to cuts in schools, roads and local and other local amenities which have already been cut to the bone.” Colin Smyth MSP said, “Dumfries and Galloway Council have had to make £96 million worth of cuts since 2010, so to learn that the Scottish Government budget will still mean an £18.5million funding gap for the council is shocking. This will mean more cuts in services and more public sector jobs being lost across the region. To protect vital local services in our region the Scottish Government must rethink its budget and put an end to the cuts to councils”. The Scottish Government’s draft budget announced in December last year will provide Dumfries and Galloway Council with a revenue grant of £285.8 million. However, the Scottish Government have also given new responsibilities to the Council and ring fenced nearly £10million for health and social care, increasing the number of hours for four years olds in nursery and providing free sanitary products in public places- without additional funding. Councillor Elaine Murray said, “Vital local services in our region have already been cut to the bone as a result of cuts inflicted by the Scottish Government.” South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth and Councillor Elaine Murray are seriously concerned about the threat this level of cuts will mean for vital local services.
OVER 50 of the country’s top racehorses will compete against one another today in the Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club (RCMTC) one-day horse race meet at the club’s track Alness, Corentyne, Berbice.Six races are listed for the day and reports from the organisers have indicated that, a highly anticipated day of racing is in the making.Among the horses entered already are: Seven Dust, Lucky Star, Not this Time, Mary Ann, Orion, Party Time, Kentucky Woman, Slim Shady and Gypsie Princess. The feature event is for horses classified H and Lower over 1200m for a winning purse of $300 000 and trophy.The other events listed are for J and Lower horses over a distance of 1200m with a first prize of $160 000 and trophy. The event for 2-Year-Old Maiden animals carries a winning prize of $100 000 and trophy over 1000m.The horses classified L1 and Lower will be competing for a winner’s take of $100 000 and a trophy over 1200m. There is an event for L2 and Lower animals also over 1200m with the winner taking home $70 000 and a trophy.The other event is another 1200m affair for the L3 and Lower animals for a first prize of $50 000 and a trophy. There will be trophies and other incentives for outstanding individual performers.Race time is 12:00hrs.