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Every council suffers budget cut under the SNP

Every council in Scotland suffered a cut in the SNP’s latest budget when ring-fenced funding is taken out the equation.

Figures produced by the independent Scottish Parliament Information Service (SPICe) have revealed that there was a nationwide 3.1 per cent reduction in real terms, or nearly £300 million.

And even with ring-fenced spending such as the Scottish Attainment Challenge fund included, there was still an overall 0.6 per cent drop.

The cut also varied considerably depending on geography.

When ring-fenced grants were excluded, West Dunbartonshire was dealt a 3.8 per cent reduction, while Angus was hit by 1.8 per cent.

The Scottish Conservatives said this was more evidence of the SNP government cutting local authority budgets to the bone, and warned it could lead to councils seeking even more local tax increases.

Scottish Conservative MSP Graham Simpson said:

“This damning evidence shows every single council in Scotland suffered as a result of the SNP’s latest budget, when ring-fenced funding is taken out the equation.

“And there’s no excuse for this reduction when the money coming from Westminster is going up.

“This takes autonomy away from local authorities, and could force council leaders to lobby for even more punishing tax increases on hardworking households.

“As a result of this damaging decision, local services up and down the country are going to suffer badly.”

Ends

 

Notes to editors:

 

Table 2 – change in local authority GRG+NDRI, 2018-19 to 2019-20 (Note – excludes specific (ring-fenced) revenue grants)

Local Authority

2018-19

2019-20

Cash change

Cash change %

2019-20 (real)

Real change

Real change %

Aberdeen City

320.6

315.6

-5.0

-1.5%

310.1

-10.5

-3.3%

Aberdeenshire

408.1

401.7

-6.4

-1.6%

394.7

-13.4

-3.3%

Angus

196.2

196.0

-0.2

-0.1%

192.6

-3.6

-1.8%

Argyll & Bute

191.7

188.6

-3.1

-1.6%

185.3

-6.4

-3.3%

Clackmannanshire

92.2

90.5

-1.7

-1.8%

88.9

-3.3

-3.5%

Dumfries & Galloway

278.7

274.5

-4.2

-1.5%

269.7

-9.0

-3.2%

Dundee City

286.6

281.7

-4.9

-1.7%

276.7

-9.8

-3.4%

East Ayrshire

220.0

218.7

-1.3

-0.6%

214.9

-5.2

-2.4%

East Dunbartonshire

180.5

178.6

-1.9

-1.1%

175.4

-5.0

-2.8%

East Lothian

167.9

165.7

-2.1

-1.3%

162.8

-5.0

-3.0%

East Renfrewshire

174.8

172.4

-2.3

-1.3%

169.4

-5.4

-3.1%

Edinburgh, City of

701.3

691.5

-9.8

-1.4%

679.3

-22.0

-3.1%

Eilean Siar

93.9

92.3

-1.6

-1.7%

90.6

-3.2

-3.5%

Falkirk

271.1

266.9

-4.2

-1.6%

262.2

-8.9

-3.3%

Fife

617.7

615.0

-2.7

-0.4%

604.2

-13.5

-2.2%

Glasgow City

1205.6

1,183.0

-22.6

-1.9%

1,162.2

-43.4

-3.6%

Highland

434.8

429.3

-5.5

-1.3%

421.7

-13.0

-3.0%

Inverclyde

160.0

157.7

-2.4

-1.5%

154.9

-5.1

-3.2%

Midlothian

153.6

152.4

-1.3

-0.8%

149.7

-4.0

-2.6%

Moray

154.9

152.9

-2.0

-1.3%

150.2

-4.7

-3.0%

North Ayrshire

265.4

261.6

-3.8

-1.4%

257.0

-8.4

-3.2%

North Lanarkshire

596.0

586.4

-9.5

-1.6%

576.1

-19.8

-3.3%

Orkney

68.4

67.4

-1.0

-1.5%

66.3

-2.2

-3.2%

Perth & Kinross

242.4

240.4

-2.0

-0.8%

236.2

-6.2

-2.6%

Renfrewshire

301.4

297.1

-4.3

-1.4%

291.9

-9.5

-3.2%

Scottish Borders

201.1

198.6

-2.5

-1.3%

195.1

-6.0

-3.0%

Shetland

80.3

78.6

-1.7

-2.1%

77.2

-3.1

-3.9%

South Ayrshire

195.9

193.2

-2.7

-1.4%

189.8

-6.1

-3.1%

South Lanarkshire

544.2

536.6

-7.6

-1.4%

527.2

-17.1

-3.1%

Stirling

162.9

160.9

-2.1

-1.3%

158.1

-4.9

-3.0%

West Dunbartonshire

182.5

178.8

-3.7

-2.0%

175.7

-6.8

-3.8%

West Lothian

306.1

304.1

-2.0

-0.6%

298.8

-7.3

-2.4%

Scotland

9456.7

9328.8

-127.9

-1.4%

9,164.8

-291.9

-3.1%

 

The full SPICe briefing is available here:

https://sp-bpr-en-prod-cdnep.azureedge.net/published/2018/12/19/Local-Government-Finance--Budget-2019-20-and-provisional-allocations-to-local-authorities/SB%2018-90.pdf

 

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