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Rail freight cuts: setback for Grangemouth station

Scottish Government proposals to cut rail freight grants are bad news for those campaigning for a Grangemouth rail station, says Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie.
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Carers’ Rights

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has called for support for a new Manifesto produced by carers organisations.
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Central police face massive cuts

The proposed cuts in police officers and civilian staff are extremely concerning, says Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie.

Central Scotland Police has revealed that in one planned scenario it could cut 194 police officers and 180 civilian staff as the force strives to save £11.6m by 2015 – 23% of the current number of police officers and 47% of civilian staff.

“With cuts this severe, I am worried that public safety could be jeopardised. It certainly won’t be possible to maintain anything like the current level and style of policing.”

“Police budgets have been under increasing pressure over the last three years, and despite the Scottish Government being warned about this by senior officers over the last year or more, it has failed to address the problem.

“Cuts in support staff will inevitably mean those police officers who remain will spend less time on the beat.”

Cathy is to meet Chief Constable Kevin Smith to discuss the looming crisis.

NHS job cuts

protest against NHS cuts

The Scottish Government has admitted that current plans will cut almost 4,000 NHS jobs this year, including over 1,500 nurses.
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Housing budgets slashed

The Scottish Government is proposing to cut the Affordable Housing Investment Programme by over £140 million.
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Scottish Government squeeze Forth Valley NHS

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has condemned the Scottish Government for giving the NHS a below inflation spending increase.
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Falkirk Council: £7.29m poorer

Falkirk Council will have £7.29m less to spend as a result of budget changes by the Scottish Government.

An analysis of the official budget tables published by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre, shows that the share of the total Scottish Government budget provided to local government is falling, from 34.7 per cent in 2006-07 to 33.9 per cent in 2010-11.

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Figures show NHS budget squeeze

“This year’s initial allocation to Forth Valley NHS is the poorest since 97/98 – the last budget set by the Tories,” says Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie

“Forth Valley’s allocation in 1997 was £135 million – only 2.2% up on the previous year. Since then the increases have averaged over 10%, have been as high as 43.1%, and for budgets decided by the Scottish Parliament, never less than 6.9%, with the initial allocation growing to nearly £363 million last year.

This year, however, the increase is only 3.5%.

The Scottish government makes the excuse that there has been a tight financial settlement from the UK Treasury. While the increase was not as big as some years, the Scottish Budget still rose by 1.8% in real terms, and despite this, the SNP’s allocation to health boards rose by only 0.5% in real terms. In other words, they have chosen to spend less on our local NHS.

Two weeks ago Cathy revealed that she was “extremely concerned” about funding for Forth Valley NHS, following the release of papers as a result of a Freedom of Information request.

“The Scottish Government is now looking for record efficiency savings to offset additional costs that are not covered by central funding.

“Governments have always looked for some improvements in how things are run that will release funding for other purposes – typically this has been 1%. Now suddenly this will more than double over the next three years. It is estimated that NHS Forth Valley is seeking £9m savings this year, rising over three years to more than £30m, equivalent to about 8% of the current budget.

“It is very difficult to see how this level of savings can be achieved without a direct impact on patient services and staffing levels. After years of achieving savings at around 1% – a lower but still very significant and more importantly a manageable level – how can there be so much slack in the system?

“Forth Valley NHS will of course be reluctant to admit the extent of the problem or to criticise the Scottish Government, but if they really believe that they can suddenly double the rate of efficiency savings, not just for one year, but year on year for three years, then they must explain why haven’t they achieved such savings in the past. Is it because higher savings could only have come from cuts in staff and provision?

” As a percentage of total costs, the NHS does not have a big administrative budget. It is very labour intensive, needs to address problems such as superbugs, and new technology and new treatments are increasingly expensive. The NHS needs increases that are well above inflation just to keep pace with new developments in medicine.

“Look at the figures. Over the last ten years, the allocations have increased by an average of over 10% – well beyond inflation. This year the increase is just 3.5%. So where are the savings going to come from?”

Forth Valley InitialAllocation (£000’s) increase
1995-96 127,845
1996-97 131,941 3.2%
1997-98 134,885 2.2%
1998-99 142,053 5.3%
1999-00 148,293 4.4%
2000-01 159,373 7.5%
2001-02 227,993 43.1%
2002-03 244,055 7.0%
2003-04 264,446 8.4%
2004-05 282,820 6.9%
2005-06 314,943 11.4%
2006-07 338,619 7.5%
2007-08 362,815 7.1%
2008-09 375,507 3.5%