Jim Logue: 'Derek Mackay is too incompetent to make sure his sums add up'

  • Alfie Baron
North Lanarkshire's Labour leader, Jim Logue, has branded SNP Finance Secretary, Derek Mackay, incompetent following an adjustment of council fund allocation.

Reports are suggesting that civil servants made errors in fund calculations for local councils.

Glasgow will reportedly lose up to £5m after the figures have been corrected. Edinburgh, Aberdeen and North Ayrshire will lose up to £3m, £1.6m and £1.4m respectively.

Jim Logue put the blame squarely with Mr Mackay.

He is too incompetent to make sure his sums add up too. This budget blunder by the Cabinet Secretary means North Lanarkshire alone has to find a further £700,000 worth of savings on top of the £22m cut already handed to us by the Scottish Government.

“A similar amount of money could protect council services such as the Kilbowie Outdoor Centre, which is so appreciated by parents, children and our wider school community.

“This SNP Government have shown over the last decade the contempt they have for local councils. A Finance Secretary that can’t appear to count is the ultimate proof.
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
  • Alfie Baron

Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.