By Lucy Ashton
Scottish Labour has demanded the SNP reverses its £331 million raid on IJB reserves as services across Scotland face swingeing cuts.
Health and Social Care Partnerships across Scotland are being forced to make impossible choices due to budget pressures – but earlier this year the SNP government clawed back £331 million from Integrated Joint Boards.
Glasgow City IJB lost out on almost £45 million due to the SNP’s claw back, and are now being forced to make £22 million worth of cuts.
South Lanarkshire’s reserves were raided to the tune of almost £18 million, and they now have a budget black hole of approximately £38 million.
With vital care services across the country facing decimation, Scottish Labour has today called on the SNP to reverse the “outrageous” government retrieval of the money.
Scottish Labour Health spokesperson Jackie Baillie said: “Social care across Scotland is being decimated, leaving services facing closure and patients at risk.
“Years of cuts to local funding by the SNP was made worse still by their outrageous raid on IJB funds earlier this year.