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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13455: Bill Bowman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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.

Dundee City Council have an extra £18.9 million to support services in 2017-18 which equates to an additional 6.3 per cent on 2016-17.