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S5W-08028: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 14 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of recent findings by the Accounts Commission regarding declining local authority budgets for street cleaning, what support it will offer to local authorities that have also seen declining levels of street cleanliness.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 23 March 2017

The Scottish Government is already revising guidance that will help local authorities and others to fulfil their duties to keep land clear of litter and refuse, and roads clean.

This guidance, which will be laid in Parliament in the coming months, will support duty holders in taking action which prevents litter from arising in the first place - aiming to reduce the amount of resources being spent on cleaning up other people’s mess.

Scottish Government revenue funding for local authorities is provided by means of a block grant. It is the responsibility of individual local authorities to manage their own budgets and to allocate the total financial resources available to them on the basis of local needs and priorities, having first fulfilled their statutory obligations and the jointly agreed set of national and local priorities. Local authorities are expected to use resources as efficiently and effectively as possible to ensure taxpayers get the best possible services and value for money.