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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13588: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 20 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what impact it expects the 2018-19 real terms reduction in local authority funding for services to have on public satisfaction with local public services, given the reported 10% fall in the last five years in the proportion of people who are “very” or “fairly” satisfied with local public services.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 11 January 2018

The 2018-19 local government finance settlement foresees an increase both in revenue and capital investment as part of a wider package of measures. Together with the additional power to increase Council Tax (worth around £77 million next year), this will generate a real terms increase in the overall resources available.

The impact of this settlement on public satisfaction with local services will depend on how local authorities allocate the total resources available to them and the level of service they then provide.