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.
Argyll & Bute
Dumfries & Galloway
Edinburgh, City of
Perth & Kinross