Danielle Rowley MP joined trade union Unison on the streets of Dalkeith to demand fair funding for Midlothian from the Scottish Government.

The street stall at Jarnac Court encouraged local residents to sign a petition, calling on Finance Minister Derek MacKay to reconsider the amount of money Midlothian Council has been allocated from the Scottish Government.

Ms Rowley has written to Derek MacKay outlining her concerns at the impact this settlement could have and asking him to reconsider.

Danielle Rowley MP said: “The huge numbers of residents that have signed the petition shows just how worried people are about the impact of cuts Midlothian Council will have to make given the settlement the Scottish Government have given them.

“Derek MacKay has already admitted that councils may have to cut frontline services. In real terms, the core budgets that councils exercise control over are being slashed by more than £250m.

“I am very concerned about the human impact these cuts will have on our communities. “The SNP government must stop cash starving Midlothian Council and reconsider the settlement.”

Grace Chalmers, branch secretary for Midlothian UNISON said: “Midlothian Council is facing unprecedented levels of cuts to jobs and services in order to balance their budget before the end of the financial year.”

“All non-statutory services are at risk of being cut.”

“Cuts to these services will have an impact on all residents and employees in Midlothian Council, at a time when there is a growing demand due to an ever-increasing population.  Cuts to services will have a catastrophic effect on the most vulnerable people in Midlothian.”

“We call on Derek Mackay to look again at the money being allocated to Midlothian Council as the settlement is based on population figures from two years ago. We need the Scottish Government to set up an independent body to look at a new formula to be used for local government funding which is fair for all Councils.”

You can sign the petition here.