Date lodged: 26 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with local authorities in the Highlands and Islands in advance of setting council budgets for the coming year.
Answered by: Kate Forbes 4 October 2018
Negotiations on the annual local government finance settlement are conducted between the Scottish Government and COSLA, on behalf of all 32 local authorities. The Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work and I met with the COSLA Presidential Team on Tuesday in the latest of the series of discussions on the 2019-20 local government finance settlement.