Tulloch Homes warns against public cuts

Published:  16 August, 2010

INVERNESS: David Sutherland, chief executive of Tulloch Homes warned that fears over public sector cuts have hit the Highlands' recovery from recession.

Recovery was starting before the UK General Election and the North should be "selfish" and try to protect progress made so far, he said.

Mr Sutherland said: "We will all want Britain Plc to be good economically, but we have got to be selfish for a while and look at what is going to happen in the Highlands," he said.

The "good work" done to encourage "green shoots" of recovery in the housing market prior to the general election is threatened by UK government plans to cut public services and spending.

"If you announce a big cut in public services and say you are thinking about it but we will come back to you in October-November, well, people will be put off buying because they are worried about their jobs," he said.

The public sector is one of the biggest employers in Inverness and the wider Highlands region.

Tulloch Homes, which has developments in the Highlands, Grampian and also East Kilbride, Glenrothes, Hamilton and Tranent, is exhibiting properties it has built to architects' designs at Scotland's Housing Expo in Inverness.

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