LABOUR GUILTY OF ‘ELECTIONEERING’ SAYS MP

12th April 2017

ALARM CHARGES U-TURN A ‘VICTORY FOR THE COMMUNITY’

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has claimed Labour-led North Lanarkshire Council’s u-turn on alarm charges are electioneering and a victory for the community.

The u-turn comes only one year after introducing the fee which would have affected 10,000 residents – particularly the elderly.

Those who paid for the £5 a week service will also be reimbursed.

SNP Councillors opposed the charges when first proposed by the Labour council.

Commenting, Marion said:

“I am happy that the community alarm charges implemented by the Labour-led NLC have been scrapped and those who paid the fee will be reimbursed.

“The u-turn shows just how disastrous a decision it was. It took Labour one whole year to respond to the concerns and objections from the community. It is no surprise that this decision has been taken right before the local government elections. This is clearly electioneering at its most cynical.

“Charges put many elderly people, who are already vulnerable, in an even more desperate situation with some choosing to opt out as they couldn’t afford the fees.

“Thanks to pressure from the community and SNP councillors, the charge has been reversed. This is a victory for the community and a great example of people coming together to protect the services important to us.

“Votes for the SNP in May’s elections are a vote to protect our services and those vulnerable in the community.”