COSLA Responds to SPICe Report on Local Government Funding

In response to a report from the independent Scottish Parliament's Information Centre (SPICe) that highlighted a decrease in local government funding over several years, COSLA Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor said: 

“We welcome this report that clearly shows a decrease in local government funding over the longer term. Whilst the report notes that this trend would appear to be reversing between this year and last, this goes hand in hand with an increase in ring-fenced funding, where local government is required to deliver on key Scottish Government policies such as the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare.

“As the report states, ring-fenced funds as a proportion of total revenue settlement, between 2013-14 and 2019-20 has increased by as much as 9.5 percentage points for some councils.

We all need to look behind the headline figures to fully appreciate the impact of recent settlements on core local government funding. COSLA will be doing exactly that as we prepare for the 2020-21 budget. Every community and citizen across Scotland needs a sustainable local government that has the resources it needs to deliver essential services.

Article published: 
Wed, 03/07/2019 - 10:08