Here's a press release from John Finnie we received this afternoon:
Highlands and Islands Green MSP John Finnie has hailed a budget deal struck between his party and the Scottish Government will which see the Highland Council receive an additional £7.5M in the next financial year.
The deal, which is worth £27.2M across the Highlands and Islands, ensures that many proposed cuts to frontline services can now be scaled back and removed entirely.
Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie said:
“I am delighted that my Green MSP colleagues and I have been able to seal this monumental deal which will ensure Highland Council’s proposed cuts can now be significantly reduced.
“This deal demonstrates how electing Greens can make a real difference to communities. Badenoch and Strathspey Councillor Pippa Hadley and I have continuously pressed for these cuts to be scrapped and I’m thrilled that we have delivered a fair settlement today.
“The budget agreement will see those earning lower than average incomes pay less income tax, it will ensure the vast majority of public sector staff – including nurses and teachers – receive a pay rise linked to inflation and provide more investment in communities.
“While other parties continue to posture from the side-lines, Greens are making Highland and Scotland fairer. This agreement is the latest step in a journey on restoring financial powers at local level, on which we will need to see far more progress before next year's budget, as the annual fight against council cuts must not continue."