SNP to oppose council department privatisation

Martin Oliver

Falkirk Council’s SNP Group is to oppose the plans of the Labour / Tory Coalition within Falkirk Council to transfer control of the council’s libraries, sports centres and community halls to a private Trust.

The news was broken to worried staff at a meeting arranged by the SNP at a public meeting held for staff at the Cladhan Hotel recently.

SNP spokesperson told the sizable audience that the SNP Group would oppose the privatisation proposals on both ideological and particle grounds.

The SNP Group fear that the transfer out of council control will mean that.

  •  Community halls will be closed down
  • Prices for the use of council facilities will rocket
  • Budgets will be cut and services discontinued
  • Staff will face pay cuts and detriment to their terms and conditions

Cllr Oliver said,

“It is clear that the Tories are leading the Administration within Falkirk Council as this move smacks of Margaret Thatcher’s emasculation of local government.

 Staff and service users are right to fear for the future as under the proposals before us the council will have a minority within the management board being set up to run these vital services for the community.

Examples elsewhere have shown that with privatisation comes an inevitable drop in standards as well as local accountability.”

Labour’s Tory proposals were due to be debated at a special full council meeting in November but have been put back to 8 December due to a failure to agree internally the details of the Trust proposals.

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