Accounts Commission report reinforces COSLA call for Fair Funding

Today’s (Tuesday) Overview Report from the Accounts Commission is a timely and accurate reflection of the precarious financial position Scotland’s Councils finds themselves in and explains clearly why this year, more than ever, Scotland’s Councils need a fair settlement from Scottish Government.

Commenting today (Tuesday) COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said:

“The Accounts Commission is correct.

Councils are showing increasing signs of financial stress and face even tougher challenges ahead.  Indeed, it is only tough choices and prudent financial management that have allowed us to continue to deliver for communities despite the difficulties.

The Accounts Commission are also absolutely right to point out that the funding of Councils from the centre has reduced, while costs and demands have increased, and more Councils are having to rely on reserves to fund services.

As I said when we launched our ‘Fair Funding for Essential Services’ document ‘enough is enough’.  Scottish Local Government cannot continue to be the poor relation of the Scottish Public Sector and there really is no more room for manoeuvre.

Local Government is democratically elected and provides a breadth of essential services to Scotland’s communities which support and protect all in our society.

In all our work, we encourage equality and promote a fairer Scotland through inclusive growth.

Recent settlements for Local Government have put huge pressures on local services and local jobs.

Year on year challenges have forced Councils to make difficult choices and cut services.

That is why we are asking that in the 2018-19 Budget there is adequate and fair funding for all Local Government services and hopefully today’s case set out by Scotland’s financial watchdog will add some weight to our case.”

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Tue, 28/11/2017 - 08:53