- An extra £120million for mental health services to pay for new services in communities.
- An extra £60million to help education bounce back with smaller class sizes.
- Additional support for businesses and the release of money for local authorities.
- Fair funding for the internal ferries in Orkney and Shetland.
- An extra £20million to provide more in-class support to children who need it by topping up the Pupil Equity Fund. This is money paid directly to headteachers to provide additional support to pupils from less well-off backgrounds. This represents a rough 16% increase on the current year.
- £15million in special allocations to the North East to pay for skills training, upskilling and business support in a region particularly under pressure given its reliance on fossil fuel industries.
- The addition of compensation for the council tax freeze into the baseline of local government funding, worth around £90million, which will remove the risk that councils would face a cliff edge on funding next year.
- £5million more for agriculture transition funding, which rewards farmers for environmental stewardship and helps our climate change priorities.
- A clear commitment that specialised eye services in Lothian will be protected.
This is the sort of constructive approach that you can expect from Liberal Democrat MSPs and it shows why we need more of them in May.
Liberal Democrat Candidate, Livingston South
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