Commenting on the budget statement announced in Parliament this afternoon (Thursday) COSLA President Councillor David O’Neill said: “COSLA can never endorse a reduction to the core local government settlement as announced as part of the budget statement today.

“It is our understanding that the Scottish Government had significant additional cash for 2017/18 and therefore this decision will impact on services delivered by local government.
“We fully recognise that the Scottish government has made efforts to improve the settlement through their offer of a wider package including a major change on the council tax proposals. COSLA had lobbied the Scottish Government on their previous proposal and we are pleased that the Scottish Government has acknowledged this.
“Councils will now consider the whole package as part of their budget considerations and COSLA remains committed to working with Scottish Government across the range of common interests including public service reform.”

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Thu, 15/12/2016 - 15:38