The value of local government services given more recognition in the budget deal

COSLA today (Wednesday) said that the deal agreed between Derek Mackay and the Scottish Greens puts local government in an improved position over that of the proposed settlement in December. Adding that whilst it still does not remove the real financial challenges that Local Government is facing, the value of the essential services local government provides to our communities, is better recognised. 

Speaking this afternoon COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said: “First and foremost I am pleased that both Mr Mackay and the Scottish Green Party have listened to what COSLA has told them and that they have taken our concerns on board.”

“We had two significant issues running side by side. Firstly, the need to maintain essential services for our communities and secondly the ability to make a fair offer to our valued workforce.”

“COSLA, through our Fair Funding for essential services campaign, has been clear that Scottish Local Government should not remain the poor relation of the public sector.”

“The reality of the situation is that the deal agreed today puts local government in a better situation than in December and credit to the Scottish Greens for listening to, and acting upon, the case put forward by COSLA.

“There remain serious financial challenges ahead in several areas, an obvious one being public sector pay.

“COSLA made no secret of the fact that our original allocation from the Scottish Government fell some way short of where local government as a sector ought to be and I am pleased that this has been recognised and acted upon.

“That is why today, I give credit where it is due.”

Article published: 
Wed, 31/01/2018 - 16:38