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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-12837: Jamie Halcro Johnston (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what contribution is made by (a) Highland Council, (b) Argyll and Bute Council, (c) Inverclyde Council, (d) North Ayrshire Council, (e) Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, (f) Shetland Islands Council and (g) Orkney Islands Council to the cost of operating local ferry services within their areas.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 5 December 2017

The money provided by the Scottish Government to local authorities is allocated using a needs-based formula. However, there is no separately identifiable allocation of funding for individual services, such as ferry services.

The vast majority of the funding provided by the Scottish Government to local authorities is in the form of a block grant. It is then the responsibility of each local authority to allocate the total financial resources available to it, including funding for ferry services, on the basis of local needs and priorities having first fulfilled its statutory obligations and the jointly agreed set of national and local priorities including the Scottish Government’s key strategic objectives and manifesto commitments.

It is for the Councils themselves to determine how much they spend on ferry services within their areas.