Local government minister in ‘useful’ South Ayrshire meeting

The Local Government Minister, Derek Mackay visited South Ayrshire Council on Tuesday where had what was described as a”useful” meeting with the Council’s Chief Executive, Leader and Deputy Leader.

Afterwards he said that he welcomed their reaffirmed commitment to and enthusiasm for improving outcomes for people in North Ayrshire.

He said; “A strong and effective partnership between the Scottish Government and local government is central to improving quality of life for people across Scotland, and to delivering sustainable economic growth in a tight public sector spending environment.

“Over the last five years this Government’s approach to partnership working has given local authorities new financial freedoms to address local issues.

“Although local authority budgets have been maintained, it’s important that we adjust to substantial reductions in the overall Scottish budget, as pressures on public services increase.

“Building a partnership for progress across the country will be essential as we work together to address challenges of the tight public sector spending climate, which is why I look forward to working with new administrations and new Council Leaders in the years ahead.”