Aberdeenshire UNISON

Update 26th April 2012

Public Works Campaign
Local Government Election 3rd May 2012
What your candidates had to say

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As part of our Public Works campaign your branch wrote to each of our candidates in the Local Government Elections to ask them to answer the following questions on public services and what they would do to protect them.

We hope this will help you to decide on who you should vote for on May 3rd. Check their answers before you vote! See who replied and what they said.

Click here for the Notice of Poll which lists all candidates

What we asked them

1. How will you go about protecting public services in the current economic climate?

2. Will you oppose any proposals for privatisation of key council services?

3. With budgets going down, how will you protect standards in social care?

4. How can you ensure that the amount of personalisation or self-directed payments are at a level for elderly or disabled people to purchase an adequate amount of care?

5. Do you believe that everyone delivering public services - council staff and those working for contractors - be paid the Living Wage?

6. Will you recognise the contribution made to our children's education by classroom assistants by supporting them in opposing cutbacks?

7. What will you do to lessen the impact of the UK Government's Welfare Reforms which will see many families losing entitlement to a range of benefits including council tax benefit, housing benefit and working tax credits?

8. Do you think it's fair that council staff should have their pay frozen while inflation is high and the rich are getting richer?

9. Will you support the council negotiating a Green Workplace agreement with trade unions to help meet climate change targets?

Candidates responses


Bob Michie, Candidate, Stonehaven and Lower Deeside

David Ross, Candidate, Central Buchan

Jeff Goodhall, Candidate, Mid Formartine

Ron Reid, Candidate, Inverurie and District

Sam Coull, Candidate, Peterhead South and Cruden

Stephen Calder, Candidate, Peterhead North and Rattray

Douglas Samways, Candidate, Stonehaven and Lower Deeside

Sydney Mair, Candidate, Troup

Paul Johnston, Candidate, Mid Formartine

George Esslemont, Candidate, Fraserburgh and District

Bill Rebecca, Candidate, Troup

Scottish Christian Party

Norman Ogston, Candidate, Turriff and District

Scottish Green Party

Rachel Shanks, Candidate, Stonehaven and Lower Deeside

Martin Ford, Candidate, East Garioch

Matt Wickham, Candidate, Banchory and Mid Deeside


Scottish Conservative and Unionists Party


Scottish Labour Party

Ashara Taylor, Candidate, Fraserburgh and District

Peter Young, Candidate, Westhill and District

Bev Cochran, Candidate, Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

Lesley Young, Candidate. Banchory and Mid-Deeside

Alison Evison, Candidate, North Kincardine

Raymond Christie Candidate, Stonehaven and Lower Deeside

Gill Bayfield, Candidate, The Mearns

Ellis Thorpe, Candidate, Inverurie and District

Carol Donald, Candidate, Central Buchan


Scottish Liberal Democrats




Scottish National Party

Sandy Duncan, Candidate, Turriff and District

Brian Stuart, Candidate, Inverurie and District

John Cox, Candidate, Banff and District

Anne Allan, Candidate, Peterhead North and Rattray

Bob Watson, Candidate, Troup

Joanna Strathdee, Candidate, Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford

Richard Thomson, Candidate, Ellon and District

Hamish Vernal, Candidate, Inverurie and District

Graeme Clark, Candidate, Stonehaven and Lower Deeside

Linda Clark, Candidate, Banchory and Mid Deeside

Jean Dick, Candidate, Mearns

Allan Hendry, Candidate, Mid Formartine

Cryle Shand, Candidate, Formartine