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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-02566: Jamie Halcro Johnston (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact of the local government financial settlement on public services.

Answered by: Kate Forbes 15 November 2018

In 2018-19 councils will receive funding through the local government finance settlement of £10.7 billion. This provides a real terms increase in both revenue and capital funding for public services.

The impact of the settlement on public services will depend on how local authorities have allocated the total resources available to them and the level of service they then provide. While local authorities are responsible for setting their own budgets, the total funding they have available has increased by almost £342 million in 2018-19.