One of the cruellest confidence tricks played on 6000 of the most vulnerable people in Falkirk district was the decision by Labour and Tory leaders to agree to consult with Garden Aid users just after they voted to scrap the service.
The Garden Aid Service was introduced by the SNP to Falkirk District in the 1970’s and has assisted thousands of pensioners, disabled people and those who can not look after their own gardens since that time.
In the Labour / Tory Budget the proposal to scrap the service was agreed by 16 votes to 15 with 13 Labour, 2 Tory and Billy Buchanan defeating the SNP motion that would have protected the service.
Later in the marathon council meeting the commitment to put the matter out to consultation was made but when questioned by SNP Councillors neither the political leaders or senior officials could answer what elderly people with no families to cut their grass and hedges could do.
Officials also couldn’t answer what exactly was being put out to consultation given a decision had been already taken.
The SNP were able to demonstrate that many of the cuts including this one were unnecessary but that didn’t stop the Better Together parties from inflicting pain to those least able to manage the loss of services such as Garden Aid.