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Scots Councils Face 'Tough' Choices

Magazine article Public Finance

Scots Councils Face 'Tough' Choices

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Scottish council leaders have warned that they face 'tough' spending decisions next year, despite a 5.1% funding increase announced by Finance Secretary John Swinney.

Local government representatives claimed that, while the ?11.7bn funding package might appear generous, the increase would mainly be taken up by extra funding pressures now facing councils because of the recession and other factors.

Pat Watters, president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, said: 'Last year s settlement was tight and next year's settlement will be just as tight

'It is certainly not bonanza time. While there is no arguing that there is more actual money for next year, it is very much for specific purposes'

Scotland's biggest council, Glasgow City, warned that the increase was not enough to help councils cope with the new economic climate. …

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