Date lodged: 26 April 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the statement in the Fraser of Allander Institute blog, Budget 2019-20: what next?, that “Local government was...a key tension within the budget. In the context of budget negotiations, such discussions tend to centre upon the level of funding provided to councils and whether or not the settlement is fair.”
Answered by: Kate Forbes 7 May 2019
The Scottish Government routinely engages with political parties across the Scottish Parliament as part of the Scottish Budget agreement process.
The 2019-20 Scottish Budget protects and invests in Scotland's public services, offering stability in the face of the chaos and confusion of the UK imposed Brexit.
Local Government funding represents a significant proportion of the Scottish Budget. In 2019-20, Scottish Ministers are providing councils with a real terms funding increase of £310 million or 2.9 per cent. The real terms increase in funding alongside the package of local tax reform measures, that will provide the most significant empowerment of local authorities since devolution, are evidence that the Scottish Government will continue to treat local government fairly.