Date lodged: 30 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what impact UK Government austerity measures have had on its overall budget, and how this has impacted the local government settlement.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 7 February 2019
As a result of the amendments agreed at Stage 2 of the Budget, total spending power for local government will increase by around £620 million in 2019-20 – providing a real terms increase in spending power on both resource and capital for local authorities.
This enhanced settlement for local government has been possible despite the continued impact of UK Government austerity, which means that after removing the uplift in Health funding, the Scottish Government’s total fiscal block grant will be lower in real terms in
2019-20 compared to 2018-19 .