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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-10933: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its figures that predict that Midlothian will be the fastest growing area in Scotland in the next 25 years, how it considers the council will be able to maintain current services or increase essential services in line with predicted growth given the reduction in its budget as a result of the latest local government settlement.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 11 September 2017

The Scottish Government have treated local government very fairly, despite the cuts to the Scottish Budget from the UK Government.

The 2017-18 local government finance settlement including the extra £160 million announced on 2 February, plus the other sources of support available through the actual and potential increases in council tax income, and the additional investment from the NHS for social care, amounted to an overall potential increase of over
£400 million or 3.9 per cent in cash terms or £249.7 million or 2.4 per cent in real terms. Midlothian Council's share of the overall increase in spending power to support local authority services amounts to over £6.7 million or 4.3 per cent in comparison to 2016-17.

Decisions on future local government finance settlements will be taken forward in partnership with COSLA and confirmed later this year.