Scottish Government's funding from the UK Government: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/03693
Date received: 6 December 2018
Date responded: 18 December 2018
Information requested

You asked:

“Scotland's 32 councils have managed budgets well over the last year but face a difficult time ahead, says the Accounts Commission.

One of the most significant issues for councils continues to be resources. In 2017/18, funding from the Scottish Government reduced by 2.3 per cent in real terms.

Will you provide full details of the funds from Barnett paid by Westminster, but withheld from councils by the Scottish Government during the period 2017/18.”

Details of the Scottish Government's funding from the UK Government in  2017-18 are provided in Table 1.02 of the Draft Budget 2019-20. The funding is provided to Scottish Budget as a whole and it is then for Scottish Ministers to decide how it should be allocated between all portfolios based on their priorities.  Details of the portfolio allocations for 2017-18 are detailed in Table 3.01 of the Draft Budget 2017-18.  HM Treasury publishes details of all of the individual Barnett consequentials on an annual basis (the 2017 report can be found here; the 2018 report should be published shortly).
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