Scottish Labour has said Scotland deserves better than today’s budget from the SNP.

Public Services and Wealth Creation Spokesperson Jackie Baillie called for an anti-austerity alternative and a long term plan in the most significant Scottish budget since devolution. Instead what we got was a budget of hidden cuts.

Scottish Labour welcomed extra investment in social care, having campaigned on the issue for weeks, but warned that SNP cuts to council services would make it harder to deliver. The SNP’s budget confirmed major cuts to local authority budgets – which means cuts to the budgets for schools, roads and care of the elderly.

Scottish Labour Public Services and Wealth Creation Spokesperson Jackie Baillie said:

“Politics in Scotland is changing. The debate now isn’t about pretending we can’t change things, but instead talking about what we can do with the new powers coming to the Scottish Parliament.

Before the budget the experts at IPPR Scotland said that the most brutal cuts to Scotland’s budget are a few years down the road. These are the hidden cuts which the SNP aren’t telling us about before May’s election with this one year election budget. People deserve to know what will be cut or what taxes will go up.

This is the most important budget since devolution, delivered by a party who promised to stand up for Scotland against Tory austerity. But it doesn’t deliver fairer taxes, a long term plan for Scotland or an anti-austerity alternative. Local services like our schools, roads and care of the elderly will face massive cuts.

Scottish Labour will offer a real alternative to austerity, with different decisions on tax to the Tories, and different decisions on tax to the SNP.

After eight years in power, a majority in this parliament and more powers than ever before, Scotland deserves better than this from the SNP.”