The SNP has been accused of betraying local services after rejecting a Scottish Conservative demand for fairer funding of Scotland’s councils.
The plan would have given councils a guaranteed amount from the Scottish Government’s budget each year.
The Scottish Conservatives say it would have been a localised version of the Barnett Formula and is necessary due to the SNP failing to properly fund local councils.
However, following a debate on the motion today in Parliament, the motion was amended to remove the Scottish Conservative demand.
Between 2013-14 and 2019-20 local government funding fell by £276m in real terms.
This year, Scotland’s councils are facing a budget shortfall of £511 million as a result of the pandemic.
Scottish Conservative local government spokesperson Annie Wells MSP said: “Our proposal for a Barnett Formula for councils would have been a game changer for Scotland’s underfunded local authorities.
“By amending our motion, rival MSPs have abandoned local service provision for communities across Scotland.
“Our councils have gotten a rotten deal from the SNP Government for years and this was a missed opportunity to right a historic wrong.
“We face extraordinary and difficult circumstances, and Scotland’s councils desperately needed a new guaranteed fiscal framework to keep up with the demand for their vital services."