COSLA comment on the UK Government Budget

Speaking ahead of the Chancellor’s Budget statement next week, COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said: “Through delivery of essential services – children’s services, housing, transport, social care, environmental protection, and more - Local Government is the life blood of Scotland. These essential services create opportunities for individuals and communities to thrive.


“In addition, our councils make a significant contribution to the national and local economies of Scotland as employers, investors and as procurers, which in turn leads to inclusive economic growth. That is why it is absolutely vital that they are treated fairly in the upcoming Spending Review.


“Without a fair funding settlement for Scottish Local Government, the essential services that councils provide for our communities will continue to be under threat.


"COSLA is calling on both Westminster and Holyrood to provide us with a fair settlement to ensure local councils are able to deliver the vital services our communities rely so heavily on.


“My plea to both the UK Chancellor and the Scottish Government this year is that local communities need to see the figure that comes to local government increase, to build on what councils as a collective actually deliver to the economy of Scotland. “


Echoing this call, COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said: “Scottish Local Government must be respected as a sphere of government in Scotland, but recent financial settlements have failed to do this.


“The de-prioritisation of Local Government in the budget over many years, despite the increasing demand for our services and new responsibilities forced on us by policies of both the UK and the Scottish Governments, has put huge pressure on the essential services we deliver.


“There is absolutely no capacity left and our essential services are at breaking point. Scotland’s communities will suffer, and jobs will be threatened unless we see a settlement that respects our work. Enough is enough.


“We need a fair settlement for the year ahead, so councils do not have to slash services which are essential for our residents and communities.”



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Thu, 25/10/2018 - 12:44