Labour will today seek cross-party support to reject the SNP’s ‘austerity budget’.

A week before the Stage 1 debate of the Scottish budget, Labour will extend parliamentary scrutiny of the budget and call for a cross-party consensus to reject a budget that cuts £327 million from valued local services like schools and care for the elderly.

Speaking ahead of the Labour’s business debate, Scottish Labour deputy leader Alex Rowley said:

“Holyrood has the opportunity today to send a message on the SNP’s austerity budget

Scotland has the power to do things differently now. Instead, Derek Mackay plans to continue cutting into our future, with £327 million of cuts to valued local services like schools and care for the elderly.

The SNP in government has all been about spin and the short term, but Scotland’s sluggish economy is because of a decade of cuts to education budgets. Our NHS is overwhelmed because care for the elderly has been underfunded.

Labour has an alternate plan that would use the new powers of the Scottish Parliament to invest in our public services and grow our economy.”

Impartial experts at the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) have confirmed that local authorities face budget cuts of £327 million next year.