COSLA comment on Local Government Overview Report

In welcoming the report out today (Thursday) from the Accounts Commission, which shows that despite a substantial cut in funding in 2017/18 councils continue to deliver essential services for their communities, COSLA warned that this is not sustainable and Councils are at a cliff edge.
Commenting on the Local Government Overview Report COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said: 

"Today’s Accounts Commission report clearly recognises that Councils have managed budgets well over the last year despite the challenges but that we face an extremely difficult time ahead.
"The Accounts Commission is correct to flag up the range of complex challenges we face and the continuing pressure on our finances.
"Its assessment is correct. As our #essentialservices document shows there is no room left for manoeuvre, we really are at a cliff edge and our core budget is under real threat.
"For years now, COSLA has strongly lobbied the Scottish Government for a fair settlement for the essential services councils deliver.  
"The Commission rightly highlights an increasing demand for the wide range of services Councils deliver to local communities which is set against a tightening budget as well as uncertainty from external factors such as EU withdrawal.
"The report also recognises that funding from Scottish Government to local government reduced in real terms by 2.3% in 2017/18.
"Councils have continued, again as the report recognises, to take hard and difficult decisions, in relation to council tax and charges for services.
"We hope that the Scottish Government listens to the stark warning contained within today’s report from the independent Accounts Commission and funds local government and the essential services councils provide in their budget on 12th December."

Article published: 
Thu, 29/11/2018 - 00:01