Fighting for a Better Deal
Aberdeenshire Council spends 9.7% less on services than most other councils and has 2.6% more staff than the Scottish average.
This affects services to our public and is due to the low level of government grant we get – 12.7% below the average for Scotland.
The Council is fighting for a better deal and its "FairShare" Campaign, supported by all local MPs and MSPs, is aimed at persuading the Scottish Executive to give us a better deal.
We were successful in getting this on the agenda of the recent enquiry into Local Government Finance and securing a recommendation from them that the grant distribution arrangements need to be looked at.
The previous Scottish Government agreed to a review of the grant arrangements, signalling a major success for our campaign.
This review concluded in Autumn 2009 and while the outcomes are accepted by Aberdeenshire Council they do little to rectify the unfairness of the grant distribution methodology. We need to make sure that the Scottish Government will address this issue.
We considered putting an explanatory leaflet with every council tax bill, but were advised that it would be illegal to incur the costs involved of around £1,000.
You may, however, print out the leaflet yourself to read why we think you, our residents, are hard done by, and to find out how you can help.
You may copy and use all or any part of the document.
The following briefing paper contains the full facts of our position and has been used by several local bodies to give support to our campaign for a "FairShare" for the people of Aberdeenshire.
Write to Your MSP
You can also lend your support to our campaign by writing to your local MSP at:
The Scottish Parliament
George IV Bridge
Or at their local constituency offices as follows:
Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)
Banff and Buchan:
Stewart Stevenson MSP (Scottish National Party)
Unit 8, Burnside Business Centre, Burnside Road, Peterhead, AB42 3AW
Tel 01779 470444 Fax 01779 822025
Rt. Hon Alex Salmond MSP (Scottish National Party)
84 North Street, Inverurie, AB51 4QX
Tel 01467 670070
Dennis Robertson (Scottish National Party)
Units 10-11 Craigearn Business Park, Morrison Way, Kintore, AB51 OTH
Tel 014667 631364
Aberdeen South and North Kincardine:
Maureen Watt MSP (Scottish National Party)
51 Victoria Road, Torry, Aberdeen, AB11 9LS
Tel 01224 876743
Angus North and Mearns
Nigel Don MSP (Scottish National Party)
6a Cameron Street, Stonehaven, AB39 2BL
Tel 01569 767206
North-East Regional Members
Lewis MacDonald MSP (Labour)
Telephone 01224 646333
Richard Baker MSP (Labour)
Telephone 01224 641171
Mark McDonald MSP (Scottish National Party)
Telephone 01467 670070
Alison McInnes MSP (Liberal Democrat)
Telephone 01358 729962
Alex Johnstone MSP (Conservative)
Telephone 01241 430467
Jenny Marra MSP (Labour)
Telephone 01382 202584
Email Jenny.Marra.firstname.lastname@example.org. uk
Nanette Milne MSP (Conservative)
Aberdeenshire Members of Parliament at Westminster (MPs)
House of Commons, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA
Banff and Buchan:
Eilidh Whiteford MP (Scottish National Party)
Office 7, Burnside Business Centre, Burnside Road, Peterhead, AB42 3AW
Tel 01779 822022
London Tel 020 7219 7005
Malcolm Bruce MP (Liberal Democrat)
67 High Street, Inverurie, AB51 3QJ
Tel 01467 623413 Fax 01467 624994
London Tel 020 7219 6233 Fax 020 7219 2334
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine:
Sir Robert Smith MP (Liberal Democrat)
Banchory Business Centre, Burn O’ Bennie Road, Banchory, AB31 5ZU
Tel 01330 820330
London Tel 020 7219 5106 Fax 020 7219 4526