In the past few days David Whitton, labour MP for Strathkelvin and Bearsden, has been circulating the rumour that free prescriptions and eye test could be the first targets of public spending cuts in Scotland.
The Scottish Budget is forecast to be cut by as much as £35 billion over the next 15 years and it is this fact which prompted the suggestion that a 'limit' on free prescriptions, free travel for pensioners and free school meals could be affected.
Prescription charges will be abolished entirely in Scotland from April next year although the tories have frequently stated it is a wrong move. They want a form of means testing.
Free eye tests must not be cut. They are essential to the well being of everyone in the country. Many of us conveniently forget to have our eyes tested, unless something goes wrong, but many other health issues can be exposed during an eye test.
The matter of free school meals for all 5 to 7 year olds is a difficult one. Twenty three of Scotland's thirty two local councils have said they can't afford to provide them within existing budgets. Aberdeen appears to have a reasonable compromise with preferring free breakfasts, which they say would provide better health and educational outcomes.
When is the Scottish government going to let the public know where the cuts will fall in our everyday lives? We've had months listening to the news that the last Westminster government is cutting £500m from the budget. I think most people understand that now and it's becoming tedious hearing the same soundbite so often. Along with others, I would like our government to give us an idea about where they intend to flash the scalpel. If they leave it much longer their insistence that they are a government which encourages transparency will be ridiculed.
It's not a sign of weakness to be honest but one of strength - but only if the timing is right. The time is now for the public to be consulted. The new Westminster government aren't giving us any information because they don't want uproar. Let's be honest in Scotland and show that we're a country which doesn't ignore our difficulties and are prepared to face the music together - if only we knew the score.