The truth is out. there is no money for new schools in Edinburgh or anywhere else. These are not my words but those of the SNP MSP for Edinburgh East and Musselburgh, Kenny McAskill. At tonight's Portobello High School Parents Council he said, and I quote “the times of Councils bidding for money are over. We’ve given them the money and its up to them to choose now” which would be fine if the settlement include money for schools; but it doesn’t.
When challenged by gobsmacked parents he repeated the claim that “the time for bidding is over”.
The trouble is there is no money in the settlement for new schools, certainly not as there was in support for new schools from the previous Labour Administration. From the previous administration Edinburgh Council received around 80% of the £310m invested into the 20 plus new schools and community centres Edinburgh Labour will have delivered for the City. Had Labour been in administration again in Holyrood, there would have been a 3rd round of that kind of support.
Having seen the figures, I can assure you that there is not anything like that in the money we have received from the SNP Government, nothing like it at all. So the truth is out. The time for bidding is over. There really is no new money for Scotland's schools. You heard it here first!
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