Date lodged: 14 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to reduce the local authority revenue budget in (a) cash and (b) real terms.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 21 December 2017
As I announced on 14 December, the Local Government Finance Settlement for 2018-19 protects local government day to day spending for local services in cash terms, and delivers an increase in capital spending of £89.9m.
Taken together with the additional spending power that comes with the flexibility to increase Council Tax by up to 3 per cent (worth around £77 million) this means that the total funding available next year will deliver an increase in the overall resources to support services of 1.6 per cent in cash terms and a real terms increase of 0.2 per cent.