Commenting on the return of £160 million back to local government COSLA President Councillor David O’Neill said: “I am pleased that after months of successful lobbying through both COSLA’s #chooselocal and #budgetreality campaigns, which highlighted the real difficulties facing councils, that the Scottish Government has revised its proposed budget.
“What we have clearly seen today is that some MSPs in the Parliament both recognise and indeed value the vital public services that councils provide to communities and this has resulted in the government’s concession today. We have worked closely with Parliamentarians and will continue to do so as the Budget makes its way through Parliament.
“Whilst I absolutely welcome the reduction in the cut the simple truth in that there remains nearly £200 million of a cut to local public services and this is still not a good result, better but not good. That said, what I can promise is, as always, my colleagues in local government and I will do our very best to mitigate the impact of these cuts on communities.”