LABOUR & TORIES AGREE TO CONSULT WITH PENSIONERS THREE HOURS AFTER THEY VOTE TO SCRAP GARDEN AID SCHEME

gardenOne 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.

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7 Responses to LABOUR & TORIES AGREE TO CONSULT WITH PENSIONERS THREE HOURS AFTER THEY VOTE TO SCRAP GARDEN AID SCHEME

  1. Christine Donnelly says:

    In the name of all that is decent Labour in Falkirk are a disgrace. We have know that for while now.
    Just wait till May bye bye

  2. Donald Stuart says:

    This is a clear indication that the Labour and Tory Parties do not CARE about the old and vulnerable people of Scotland . They are only interesterd in their own image . To vote down such a worthy SNP introduced scheme is appalling !!

    • Donald Stuart says:

      Only the SNP care about the old and vulnerable and sick in Scotland . This clearly demonstrates the Labour and Tory priorities .

  3. James McGlynn says:

    Finally an article about the policies of Tory , Labour Falkirk coalition that mentions Councillor Buchannan to ensure that he can no longer hide under the anonymity of his “independent” banner . This convener of 3 important committees has carried this coalition for a better together future but if he has EVER voted independently against the coalition of Tory and Labour rather than with his conscience I stand to be corrected . As for the behaviour of this coalition on this specific instance , is any one really surprised ?

  4. Christine Donnelly says:

    Pretty low. Not at all suprised just the isual from Falkirk Council.

  5. kevin ashe says:

    Disgusted picking on the most vulnerable people in society,pensioners who have paid their taxes and now through mobility cannot look after their own garden.perhaps some of the councillor’s sholuld get their own lawnmowers out and get cutting

  6. kevin ashe says:

    When you work it out it costs 46 quid a year for each garden to be done,im sure most pensioners would be prepared to pay a fee towards getting it cut.my mother in law has been quoted 30 quid each time to get her grass cut.say it gets cut 6 times a year its a lot for a pensioner

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