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Local MSP criticises 'hammer blow' to sports funding

Brian Whittle MSP is a former Olympic athlete. Credit: PA

A South of Scotland MSP has accused the Scottish Government of landing "a hammer blow" to sports funding, in the latest budget.

Conservative Brian Whittle, a former Olympian, has pointed to an 8.3 percent reduction to funding for sports over the next two years.

This is a hammer blow to Scottish sport, at a time where the Scottish Government continues to talk about addressing Scotland’s growing preventable health crisis.

When every study and expert agrees that a major factor in reducing instances of preventable disease is increasing activity, I am at a loss to understand why the SNP would decide to slash the budget responsible for promoting and developing sport."

– Brian Whittle MSP, Conservative

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