We often complain that our public bodies – whether it be government, councils or health boards – don’t listen to what the public are saying.
So, after the negative headlines surrounding the withdrawal of funding to a local nursery in recent weeks, we should now give credit to West Lothian Council for reversing its decision and also entering into a new contract with another provider.
On the face of it, there were sound reasons for the original move.
There was space in council-run nurseries and, as cost-cutting bites, some sacrifices have to be made.
But such moves don’t just impact on the balance sheets, they also affect real people.
The council hasn’t given a reason for the u-turn but let’s hope it was simply a case of listening to what people said and acting accordingly.
Colin Hume, editor