Date lodged: 30 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the report in The Press and Journal on 22 January 2018, which suggests that local authorities face an £86 million reduction in their budgets following an accounting error; what action has been taken to resolve this; when this issue will be resolved, and whether it considers that the £86 million figure no longer applies and, if so, for what reason.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 20 February 2018
The recent press claims that the 2018-19 local government finance settlement will be reduced by £86 million were completely untrue. Not a single penny was removed from the provisional local government finance settlement that was issued for consultation on 14 December 2017. The total amount of funding provided to local government remained unchanged.
COSLA, on behalf of local authorities requested adjustments to the provisional individual local authority allocations but within the same total sum. I agreed to COSLA’s request and the revised figures were issued to COSLA and individual local authorities on 23 January. Since then I have announced an extra £170 million for local government as part of Stage 1 of the Budget Bill debate held on 31 January.