Scottish Budget : Call for "determined action to help Dundee"

16 November 2010

Marlyn Glen is calling on Finance Secretary John Swinney to take "determined action to help Dundee" in his Scottish Budget statement.

On the eve of the Scottish Budget, she said,

" Dundee stands to lose most from public sector job cuts because the city has the greatest percentage of numbers employed in the public sector of all the four main cities in Scotland."

Ms. Glen said that a survey earlier this year by accountants UHY Hacker Young showed Dundee as having 38 per cent of its workforce in the public sector.

This was 3 per cent higher than Aberdeen with 35 per cent, and 7 per cent higher than both Edinburgh and Glasgow with 31 per cent.

Compared with Scotland overall, Dundee has a disproportionately higher number of public sector posts because of having both a large teaching hospital, Ninewells, and two universities located in the city.

She said,

"Both education and the health service in the city now face the grievous prospect of a large number of posts being lost.

"In the private sector, the cutting of Dundee’s affordable housing allocation by almost half this year has hit the local construction sector hard.

" The Scottish Government must produce a Budget that will allow Dundee City Council, NHS Tayside and local businesses to safeguard jobs and to strengthen the local economy"

 

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