Funding of local government in Scotland: 2022 to 2023

Process overview of the funding of local government 2022 to 2023.

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How are Capital Projects funded?

All of the funding referred to so far has been for day-to-day running costs, called 'revenue spend'. In addition to that, councils also spend on longer- term capital projects, such as flood defences, town centre renewal, and road building.

In the past this was funded by borrowing, with the Scottish Government providing a grant to fund interest and repayments. But now the Scottish Government provides a Capital Grant to fund capital projects.

The Capital Grant is also distributed by means of a funding formula, based largely on population and road-length. Some funding is ring-fenced for specific projects such as flood defence.

Capital funding cannot be used on day-to-day running costs, but councils can use some of their revenue funding to pay for capital projects.

Total Capital Grant provided in 2022-23 - £655 million

Summary of the 13 different indicators used in the formulae

Pie chart showing the proportions distributed on different indictors



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