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If you’re not already on the electoral register, then the deadline for ensuring you have a vote in the upcoming Council Elections is Wednesday 18th April 2012.
Scotland’s councils are on the front-line, delivering the services we all rely on in our day-to-day lives, which are why these elections (being held on Thursday 3rd May 2012) are so important.
The councils elected on that day will run for a full 5 years until the first Thursday in May 2017.
“Over the last few months I have had the opportunity to meet with Labour Councillors and candidates in areas across the country in my role as Scottish Labour’s spokesperson on local government.
In each area, I have been impressed with the way our candidates have gone out into their communities to listen to the views of local people. These views have fed into local manifestos focused on local priorities.
Across the country, local authorities are under tremendous financial pressure. In their last budget, the SNP chose to pass on 89% of their budget cut to local government – a move which has undermined local services and cost 13,500 local authority jobs.
Against this backdrop, there can be no doubt that tough decisions will have to be made. Our priority will always be to promote jobs and fairness and to protect vital services.”
All of us do have a stake in how council services are delivered, which is why it is so important for people to register to vote and to have their say whether by post or at the ballot box.
Further details on the voting system to be use can be found on the About my vote site and, here in Edinburgh, if you want to see a Co-operative Capital then please do vote for both Edinburgh Labour candidates where two are standing: