Tackling Inequality Requires a Properly Resourced Scottish Local Government

If we are serious about tackling inequalities in Scotland, and promoting inclusive growth, then we must have a properly resourced local government to deliver the essential services that enable this to happen - COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor told the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government Committee this morning (Wednesday).

Councillor Macgregor said:

“Actions speak louder than words and the truth of the matter is that if we are serious about tackling inequalities in Scotland, and promoting inclusive growth, then we must have a properly resourced local government to deliver the essential services that go a long way towards achieving this shared ambition. 

“There are big challenges ahead for us all, but particularly Scottish Local Government.  

“We face an ever-increasing demand for our services, and the reality is that reduced funding, restrictions on local taxation and caveats as to how local government spends its own budget, are making the situation both extremely difficult in the short term and unsustainable longer term.  

“Our difficulties are not made any easier by the one year budgeting scenario we are continually presented with.

“Last week COSLA launched a 10-page factual document entitled “Fair Funding for Essential Services” laying out the case for a fair settlement for local government in this year’s budget. 

“Our councils support, and contribute to, the local economy in their areas in a number of ways - Employment being a major one.  Therefore investment in local government is vital to stimulate and develop inclusive economic growth.

“That is why we are asking that in the 2018-19 Budget there is adequate and fair funding for all local government services and this was the clear message I gave to Committee this morning.”

Article published: 
Wed, 22/11/2017 - 12:32