A budget that is not good for communities - COSLA response to Scottish Budget
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A Budget that is not good for our communities across Scotland, was COSLA’s reaction to the Budget Bill for 2024/25 passing its final stage in the Parliamentary process today (Tuesday 27th February 2024).

“Whichever way you cut it, this is not a good Budget for Scottish Local Government or communities that we represent. Councils are having to make budget decisions about a Council Tax Freeze without clarity as disappointingly the potential additional funding, which is dependent on Westminster processes and the UK Spring Budget, isn’t yet known.

“If we are serious about tackling inequalities in Scotland, investing in prevention, and promoting inclusive growth we must be properly resourced. Local Government holds the key to deliver the essential front-line services that enables this to happen.

“We remain committed to our shared priorities with Scottish Government; Tackling Poverty, A Just Transition to Net Zero and Sustainable Public Services however, this Budget makes those outcomes much harder to achieve.”