The really big issue was the grants budget. The thing that made me really angry was the secrecy and lack of information being provided by the SNP/Libdem administration.
They only showed around £780k worth of cuts. The other £1.7m, (which rises to over £2m when you take the removal of inflation uplift), is hidden away in off line decisions. My colleague Andrew Burns has a very clear explanation of all this here
The other, and equally distressing aspect was how those groups who were being cut were being treated. Again and again we heard of groups having no indication that they were to be cut until after the papers were made public and then it was by embarrassed phone call or impersonal e mail, (with no explanation or apology), just a link to the committee papers!
Let me quote you from the Lib Dem manifesto
“we want you to be kept properly informed and have a real opportunity to participate in decision-making”
Yet another broken promise, one of so many that I am loosing count rapidly.
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