Heartening to see passionate debate over Scotland - now it’s your turn

Councillor James Jamieson
Councillor James Jamieson

Whatever your feelings about Scottish independence, it is hard not to be impressed by the passion that it has generated on both sides of the debate.

People who may previously have talked about football or music in the pub are now discussing the implications of what will happen north of the border when voters have their say this week.

If the Scots vote in favour of independence, then drastic decisions will have to be taken around everything from how the Union flag will look to currency and defence.

And if the ‘Better Together’ campaign wins the day, then Scotland will still look to promises made by all three major political parties in England to devolving more powers to Holyrood around raising taxes, funding healthcare and other spending on public services – all of which will directly impact on our residents.

According to the latest figures, some 97 per cent of eligible voters have signed up to have their say.

Whatever the result, it is heartening to see people getting passionate about politics and the issues which affect their day-to-day lives.

Here in Central Bedfordshire, we also want residents to have a say around issues which affect you.

We are currently consulting everyone living in the region on how we spend your money in our budget consultation. The council has a strong track record in cutting expenditure and still delivering value for money, but as demands on services increase and funding is reduced, the authority faces some tough decisions as we estimate that we need to save around £13million next year.

That is why your views are vital – so please complete and return the questionnaire in your copy of our News Central magazine by October 4, or do so online at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk. Your views really do matter.