The SNP has today (Monday) formally launched its campaign for the upcoming council elections in North Lanarkshire.
Leader of the SNP group, Councillor David Stocks, outlined his party’s commitments to the electorate should his party win the election in North Lanarkshire, now the only council in Scotland still under majority Labour control.
The SNP is promising to freeze council tax until 2016, guarantee 3 and 4 year olds access to 600 hours of nursery every year and abolish charges for sheltered housing wardens. Their headline commitments also include guaranteeing not to introduce parking charges, more social homes and seeking to remove performance related pay from senior officials.
Mr Stocks said: “We are presenting the people of North Lanarkshire with a positive vision for their communities. An SNP administration will put the people of North Lanarkshire first; investing in town centre regeneration, school building and improvements, including an immediate halt to Labour’s planned school closure programme, and introducing tough enforcement against anti-social behaviour.
“The SNP is committed to delivering the best quality local services, acting in the best interests of the people of North Lanarkshire.”
North Lanarkshire Council is a key target for the SNP. Labour party figures leaked recently suggest that the SNP will win the most seats for the first time, ending decades of continuous Labour rule.
Richard Lyle, MSP for Central Scotland and former Leader of the SNP in North Lanarkshire, said: “I am delighted that we have such a strong team of candidates ready and able to move North Lanarkshire forward. Labour has run North Lanarkshire as their personal fiefdom for too long and has run out of ideas.
“Their inability to offer anything to the electorate in this election, choosing instead to concentrate on misleading the public around the recent tendering process for the steel to be used in the new Forth crossing, shows their utter contempt for the people of North Lanarkshire.”