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£10.4bn for local government

Published: 9 Mar 2017 17:05
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Fair deal for local authorities.

Scottish local authorities will receive a total funding package of £10.426 billion for 2017-18, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said today.

The overall funding settlement and package of measures will enable local authorities to maintain, and increase, the pace of reform needed to improve the vital services on which the people of Scotland depend and value.

The 2017-18 funding package consists of:

  • The local government finance settlement, including an additional £160 million announced on 2 February and £120m to directly support schools to close the attainment gap
  • Other sources of support available through the actual and discretionary increases in council tax income; and
  • Support through Integration Authorities for Health and Social Care.

Together this package of funding provides local government with an overall potential increase in support for local services of over £400 million or 3.9%.

Local authorities have now finalised their own budgets, and as 11 councils chose not to increase their council tax levels by the maximum allowable (3%) the overall additional support for services in 2017-18 will amount to £383 million or 3.7%.

Derek Mackay said:

“My priority has been to deliver a financial settlement that councils can accept in order that we can pursue shared priorities which will improve outcomes for local people.

“This settlement supports the delivery of education in our schools and efforts to close the attainment gap, it supports local investment in roads and improving our infrastructure, backs community services and helps support social care services.

“Alongside additional funding for health and social care integration, including payment of the living wage, this Government has given local authorities a fair deal by providing a potential increase in services of more than £400 million.

“I welcome the acceptance of Scotland’s local authorities to this financial settlement, which is firmly focused on our joint priorities to deliver sustainable economic growth, protect front-line services such as education and social care, and continued support the most vulnerable in our society.

Background

Local Authority

2016-17 Capital and Revenue Distributable Funding

 

2017-18 Total Support for Services

Increase

Increase %ge

 

£m

 

£m

£m

%

Aberdeen City

348.990

 

358.160

9.170

2.63

Aberdeenshire

433.066

 

454.069

21.004

4.85

Angus

208.398

 

214.008

5.610

2.69

Argyll & Bute

207.038

 

212.628

5.590

2.70

Clackmannanshire

98.129

 

101.187

3.058

3.12

Dumfries & Galloway

297.716

 

309.912

12.196

4.10

Dundee City

299.917

 

318.830

18.913

6.31

East Ayrshire

231.094

 

242.406

11.312

4.90

East Dunbartonshire

190.579

 

198.556

7.977

4.19

East Lothian

176.134

 

185.537

9.403

5.34

East Renfrewshire

182.269

 

189.499

7.229

3.97

Edinburgh, City of

786.289

 

817.143

30.854

3.92

Eilean Siar

104.183

 

105.195

1.012

0.97

Falkirk

284.854

 

297.032

12.178

4.28

Fife

650.815

 

677.191

26.376

4.05

Glasgow City

1343.905

 

1388.909

45.004

3.35

Highland

464.610

 

484.986

20.375

4.39

Inverclyde

170.319

 

174.090

3.771

2.21

Midlothian

158.652

 

165.410

6.757

4.26

Moray

164.718

 

167.262

2.544

1.54

North Ayrshire

279.443

 

306.146

26.704

9.56

North Lanarkshire

631.532

 

645.599

14.067

2.23

Orkney

73.025

 

74.859

1.834

2.51

Perth & Kinross

256.358

 

269.428

13.070

5.10

Renfrewshire

316.514

 

325.303

8.789

2.78

Scottish Borders

214.490

 

225.194

10.704

4.99

Shetland

88.008

 

88.276

0.268

0.30

South Ayrshire

206.966

 

214.730

7.764

3.75

South Lanarkshire

574.529

 

589.970

15.441

2.69

Stirling

171.228

 

179.895

8.667

5.06

West Dunbartonshire

191.685

 

196.241

4.555

2.38

West Lothian

317.391

 

326.928

9.536

3.00

Undistributed

177.476

 

178.669

1.193

0.67

Scotland

       10,300.321

 

    10,683.246

382.925

3.72