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S5W-16561: Willie Rennie (North East Fife)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 10 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the cost to each local authority of road repairs following the severe 2017-18 winter weather, and what assistance it has offered to each council.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 21 May 2018

Local authorities have a statutory obligation to repair and maintain local roads, therefore individual councils must determine the funding that should be allocated on the basis of local needs and priorities.

Despite continued UK Government real terms cuts to Scotland's resource budget, we have treated local government very fairly and the £10.7 billion local government finance settlement in 2018-19 provides a real terms boost in both revenue and capital funding. While local authority budget setting is the responsibility of individual authorities the total funding they have available will increase by almost £342 million in 2018-19

In addition, the Scottish Government has allocated £10 million to assist with the cost of winter maintenance and road repairs following the severe winter weather. The allocation for each local authority is as follows.

 

Local Authority

Allocation £m

Aberdeen City

0.267

Aberdeenshire

0.820

Angus

0.279

Argyll & Bute

0.333

Clackmannanshire

0.082

Dumfries & Galloway

0.542

Dundee City

0.155

East Ayrshire

0.218

East Dunbartonshire

0.157

East Lothian

0.181

East Renfrewshire

0.136

Edinburgh, City of

0.480

Eilean Siar

0.172

Falkirk

0.244

Fife

0.582

Glasgow City

0.563

Highland

0.940

Inverclyde

0.096

Midlothian

0.149

Moray

0.231

North Ayrshire

0.213

North Lanarkshire

0.438

Orkney

0.120

Perth & Kinross

0.391

Renfrewshire

0.312

Scottish Borders

0.401

Shetland

0.134

South Ayrshire

0.214

South Lanarkshire

0.509

Stirling

0.247

West Dunbartonshire

0.113

West Lothian

0.280

Scotland

10.000