Commenting in advance of the ministerial takeover of social care being included in the Programme for Government, with COSLA questioning why it looks set to seize powers in other areas too, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:
“With the Greens on a leash and signed up to serve the SNP’s every need, this Programme for Government will be little more than an SNP power grab.
“The plans for centralised social care are brazen even for them. Ministers want to sweep up everything from alcohol and drug partnerships to social work, and take decision making powers away from people on the ground.
“Liberal Democrats will fight to stop this attack on localism, which would leave local authorities as a shell of their former selves.”