Local authorities will receive more than £10.5 billion in 2018-19, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has announced, as he unveiled a range of measures to protect public services and generate economic growth.
Mr Mackay said despite a cut of over £200 million to Scotland’s block grant by the UK Government, the 2018-19 Draft Budget delivers a fair funding settlement for local authorities.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay said:
“The Scottish Government has continued to ensure that our partners in local government receive a fair funding settlement despite further cuts to the Scottish Budget from the UK Government.
“We have protected day-to-day local government spending, while increasing the capital budget. Local authorities will receive more than £10.5 billion through the local government finance settlement in 2018-19.
“We are using our tax varying powers to boost investment in public services, and if local authorities choose to use their powers to increase Council Tax, by up to 3 per cent, they will have an overall real-terms increase in the funds at their disposal, to support local services.”
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