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Real terms increase for local government

Published: 06 Feb 2020 15:25

Budget delivers £11.3 billion for vital council services.

Local authorities will receive total funding from the Scottish Government of £11.3 billion in 2020-21.

The settlement provides councils with an increase in day to day revenue spending of £494 million, fully funds all Scottish Government commitments and provides an additional £100 million for social care, including a contribution of £25 million to ensure all care staff are paid the living wage.

Local authorities will again have the flexibility to increase council tax levels by up to three per cent in real terms, providing up to an additional £135 million to help deliver essential local services.

Cabinet Secretary for Local Government Aileen Campbell said:

“This budget provides a fair settlement for our partners in local government and supports vital public services across Scotland.

“Taken together with the flexibility to increase council tax, this local government settlement gives councils an increase of revenue spending of up to 4.3% in real terms to deliver local services.

“The settlement will deliver on our joint key commitment to expand the funded hours of early learning and childcare this year, funds a fair pay deal for our teachers, and invests more than £120 million targeted at closing the attainment gap through the Pupil Equity Fund.

“This increased settlement will ensure fair, sustainable funding for local authorities.”

Background

Scotland’s discretionary resource budget has reduced in real terms between 2010-11 and 2020-21 by £840 million (2.8%).

2020-21 LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE SETTLEMENT

 

TOTAL SUPPORT FOR REVENUE SERVICES

 

Local Authority

2020-21 Revenue Settlement

Potential Council Tax Increase

Total Revenue Funding Plus Potential Council Tax Income

 

£m

£m

£m

Aberdeen City

361.223

6.367

367.589

Aberdeenshire

455.633

7.119

462.752

Angus

218.133

2.654

220.787

Argyll & Bute

206.133

2.682

208.815

Clackmannanshire

102.122

1.275

103.397

Dumfries & Galloway

303.945

3.579

307.524

Dundee City

317.420

3.232

320.652

East Ayrshire

247.739

2.883

250.622

East Dunbartonshire

200.175

3.278

203.454

East Lothian

187.405

2.901

190.306

East Renfrewshire

189.415

2.720

192.135

Edinburgh, City of

792.146

14.515

806.661

Eilean Siar

99.081

0.564

99.645

Falkirk

305.500

3.565

309.065

Fife

695.908

8.789

704.697

Glasgow City

1322.523

14.636

1337.158

Highland

488.515

6.390

494.905

Inverclyde

176.177

1.851

178.028

Midlothian

177.318

2.492

179.810

Moray

171.952

2.231

174.183

North Ayrshire

294.163

3.299

297.462

North Lanarkshire

667.044

7.017

674.061

Orkney

77.516

0.482

77.998

Perth & Kinross

268.371

4.271

272.642

Renfrewshire

338.783

4.551

343.334

Scottish Borders

221.961

2.971

224.932

Shetland

89.216

0.489

89.705

South Ayrshire

215.384

3.204

218.588

South Lanarkshire

604.696

7.484

612.181

Stirling

181.778

2.563

184.341

West Dunbartonshire

201.321

2.137

203.459

West Lothian

341.266

4.048

345.314

Undistributed

52.851

   

Scotland

10,572.813

136.239

10,709.052