In the labyrinth of Scottish ­politics, where promises often remain unfulfilled and policies gather dust, the citizens of Glasgow find themselves at the mercy of decisions made in Holyrood.

As such, I have decided to use this column as a fervent plea to the SNP Scottish government to re-evaluate their stance on funding local governments.

Year after year, we witness a theatrical display of budget announcements, grand pledges, and eloquent speeches from the leaders. Yet, the stark reality on the streets of Glasgow paints a different picture. We’re halfway through the financial year, and it’s time to ask the hard questions: How can we gauge the success of a budget when its key components are either delayed or never see the light of day?

Take, for instance, the controversial levy on brown bins. Announced with much fanfare, it was supposed to be a significant revenue stream and an environmental initiative. Yet, it took six months to bring this into place amid, as always, confusion and hassle for our citizens. How can we, as responsible stewards of Glasgow’s future, assess the impact of a policy that has only recently come into place?

Similarly, the proposed charges for accessing the iconic Kibble Palace were met with mixed reactions.

Regardless of where one stands on this policy, the fact remains that it was passed during the budget but has failed to materialise. This isn’t just about charging for a greenhouse; it’s a symbol of the SNP’s approach to governance – all talk, no action.

These examples aren’t mere administrative hiccups; they are indicative of a deeper malaise. A malaise where the SNP government, ensconced in Holyrood, passes budgets and policies without considering the practicalities of implementation or the actual impact on local communities.

How can they claim success when their policies exist only in budget documents and press releases?

Let’s be clear: this isn’t a plea for charity. It’s a call for justice and fairness. Glasgow, like every local government, deserves its fair share of resources. We are on the frontline, delivering essential services to our citizens. From maintaining roads and schools to providing social care, the responsibilities are immense and the resources, scarce.

The irony is palpable when the Scottish Government, which often decries the lack of funding from Westminster, replicates the same centralising tendencies. The SNP’s reluctance to adequately fund local governments isn’t just a financial issue; it’s a matter of respect for local governance and democracy.

To the leaders in Holyrood, I say this: The people of Glasgow are watching. They see through the veneer of unfulfilled promises. It’s time to step up and deliver. Fund local governments fairly and let us do our job.

Stop the charade of successful budgets that exist only in theory. Glasgow deserves better.

In conclusion, as we approach the setting of our city’s budget – and let me assure everyone now – Glasgow Labour will be setting a budget – I implore the Scottish Government to reflect on their approach.

It’s high time for a shift – from top-down dictates to genuine collaboration with local governments. Only then can we truly achieve the lofty goals we all profess to pursue for the betterment of our communities.

The time for action is now. Let’s make it count.