Magazine article Public Finance

Concordat 'Worst Settlement' for Ten Years, Says Midwinter

Magazine article Public Finance

Concordat 'Worst Settlement' for Ten Years, Says Midwinter

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The budget settlement for Scotland s councils is the worst for ten years, finance expert Professor Arthur Midwinter told the conference.

He argued that the much-acclaimed concordat struck between local audiority leaders and the Scottish government blurred accountability and created a 'bureaucratic mess which lacks clear audit trails and creates a new tier of micro-management'.

A former adviser to the Scottish Parliament Midwinter is visiting professor at the Institute of Public Sector Accounting Besearch at Edinburgh University and now financial adviser to Scottish Labour leader Wendy Alexander.

He said that once money for a council tax freeze was stripped out the budget settlement provided for spending growth of only 0.5% a year.

It was an underfunded settlement that would require significant savings to meet a funding shortfall. …

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