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Public Services Debate, 13/01/15 [S]

Debate in the Scottish Parliament on 13 January 2015 on Public Services. The debate was opened by Mary Fee (Lab).

At decision time the following amended motion was agreed to:

That the Parliament believes that strong public services are the bedrock of a fair and prosperous society; pays tribute to Scotlandís public service workers who teach, treat, protect and serve communities and welcomes continued support for public services in Scotland, including an increase in funding for all NHS boards; expresses concern at the impact that the UK Governmentís austerity agenda will have on the delivery of public services; notes that, even excluding cuts planned for welfare across the UK, Scotland faces real-terms cuts to come that are estimated at £15 billion; further notes an assessment by the Office for Budget Responsibility that UK Government cuts will reduce government spending as a proportion of income to its lowest level since the 1930s; recognises that real-terms cuts in spending on services such as police, local government, infrastructure and education will total almost £1,800 per person while, at the same time, the UK Government proposes to spend over £100 billion on new nuclear weapons; further recognises that there is an alternative to the UK Governmentís austerity agenda, and calls on all parties to work together to secure economic growth, tackle inequality and protect Scotlandís public services.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 13 January 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 13 January 2015