Scottish Labour has pledged to cut down on holiday lets in Edinburgh

Scottish Labour has pledged to build 16,000 new homes, a dozen new schools and crack down on holiday lets as part of its manifesto for Edinburgh ahead of the council elections.

Tuesday, 21st March 2017, 2:07 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:51 am
Scottish Labour deputy leader Alex Rowley. Pic Lisa Ferguson

The party’s deputy leader and national campaign manager Alex Rowley and city council leader Andrew Burns launched the One City Our City document on Tuesday.

Plans include building 10 new primary schools and two new high schools, creating a minimum of 16,000 low-cost homes in the next decade and tackling the growing number of holiday rentals in the city.

Further pledges include an aim to complete the tram line to Newhaven and to introduce a cycle hire scheme.

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The manifesto states the Scottish Government has cut the grant it gives to councils, adding: “Edinburgh suffers more than most councils.

“It gets the lowest grant of all Scottish councils - £1,928 per head against a Scottish average of £2,232.

“This year, Edinburgh faces another cut of £27.1 million from its allocation.”

Mr Rowley said: “In just six weeks, voters will go to the polls faced with a choice between Labour investment in local services or SNP cuts.

“Scottish Labour believes that council services are at the heart of people’s lives and we will always protect them.

“Nicola Sturgeon promised voters she would be a champion of the poor and the working-class. Instead, she has become the nation’s minister for cuts.

“Here in Edinburgh, and across Scotland, voters have a chance to send the SNP a message - stop dividing our country and get on with the job of investing in local services.”

Mr Burns said the council was “making a real change to people’s lives” in the city “despite savage cuts to council budgets by the SNP”.