Date lodged: 14 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on whether Dundee City Council reportedly having the lowest level of usable reserves in Scotland, as a percentage of income, is detrimental to the long-term financial stability of the council.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 21 December 2017
Scottish Government’s policy towards local authorities’ spending is to allow local authorities the financial freedom to operate independently. It is the responsibility of individual local authorities to manage their own budgets and the level of usable reserves. Decisions on the use of reserves are rightly the responsibility of individual local authorities to take where it is prudent and sustainable to do so.