CLYDEBANK’S MSP has praised the “vision and leadership” of the Scottish budget.

Gil Paterson highlighted the budget provides funding of more than £15billion for health and care services, including the capital for elective care centres and investment in mental health.

It also contains a package of measures to tackle climate change, support families and tackle poverty.

Gil Paterson MSP said: “This is a progressive and ambitious budget that demonstrates the vision and leadership of the SNP in government – supporting our public services, helping family incomes and tackling climate change.

“Many of the aspects of this budget will have a positive impact on Clydebank.

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“This budget is set against the backdrop of heightened uncertainty and risk, created by the UK Government following their decision to delay the UK budget until March – as well as the complete uncertainty over our future relationship with Europe.

“Despite this, we’re seeing record investment in our NHS and more money for police, rail services and low carbon infrastructure.

“Most taxpayers will continue to pay less than they would elsewhere in the UK, and no taxpayer will pay more on their current income. This means that Scots will continue to get a better deal under the SNP.

“People across Clydebank will welcome this package of investment and our focus on fairness – and I look forward to it passing through the parliamentary process.”