Date lodged: 27 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its £453 million underspend, what representations it has received from Glasgow City Council seeking additional funding to address the £20 million deficit in the city finances.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 20 July 2018
Glasgow City Council will receive over £1.3 billion Scottish Government funding in 2018-19. Taken together with the decision to increase council tax by 3%, Glasgow City Council will have an additional £35.8 million to support local day to day services compared to 2017-18.
Despite continued UK Government cuts to Scotland’s Resource Budget we have continued to treat local government very fairly. In 2018-19, our £10.7 billion local government finance settlement provides a real terms increase in both revenue and capital funding. While local authorities are responsible for setting their own budgets, the total funding they have available will increase by almost £342 million in 2018-19.
Glasgow City Council will be aware the 2017-18 variance is primarily planned carry forward to support spending plans: of the £335 million announced in the 2018-19 budget process, £125 million is additional funding that is being distributed to Local Authorities in 2018-19, of which Glasgow will be a beneficiary.
The Scottish Government is not permitted to overspend its budget so we have consistently adopted a position of controlling expenditure to ensure we live within budget control limits.