AFTER South of Scotland MSP Paul Wheelhouse praised his own Scottish Government administration for continuing its support for the regeneration of Eyemouth and Hawick, conservative and Liberal Democrat MSPs have criticised the Government for not doing enough.
A Scottish Agricultural College report into the vulnerability of communities across Scotland ranked 90 places, using unemployment and income deprivation statistics. Eyemouth came in as the 15th most vulnerable, with Hawick 17th, prompting the calls for the SNP Government to do more.
Mr Lamont said: “This is a deeply concerning report and shows that more needs to be done in the Borders to solve the deprivation that is present in some of our major towns.
“These statistics must act as a warning and we need to make sure that the next time they’re published we see a marked improvement in the Scottish Borders.
“The Scottish Government are very good at hosting meetings, calling summits and setting up task forces to discuss the challenges which Hawick and Eyemouth face. However, the time for talking is now over - these towns need concrete action now.”
Scottish Liberal Democrat Rural Affairs spokesperson and South Scotland MSP Jim Hume said: “Now more than ever it is crucial that policies are tailored, and not dictated, to rural communities in Scotland.
“Mr Lochead must heed the findings of this report and assure rural businesses and communities that progress will be made in South Scotland.”