Welcoming the publication this week of the Scottish Government’s Local Government Finance Settlement – in which Councils were given a cash-terms increase – local Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley SNP MSP Adam Ingram called on Local Authorities to accept the ‘best possible’ deal.
The settlement includes money to continue with the council tax freeze, maintain teacher numbers in line with pupil numbers and secure places for probationary teachers.
Over the current spending review period (2012-2015), Local Government’s total share of the funds controlled by the Scottish Government is larger than when the SNP took office. South Ayrshire Council received £188.585million for 2012/13 and will receive £189.700 million for 2013/14.
Commenting on the announcement Mr Ingram said:
“Despite the cuts from Westminster there is good news locally with South Ayrshire Council seeing an increase in funding of £1.115 million thanks to the SNP Government who are continuing to prioritise Local Government.
“The Scottish Government has provided funding for a sixth year of the Council Tax Freeze – the policy which the opposition said we would never get agreement on for even one year.
“South Ayrshire households have and will continue to benefit from this freeze for the duration of this parliamentary session. The SNP Government will utilise the powers afforded to help families and households combat the austerity measures driven by the UK Government.
“It is now incumbent on all councils to accept this funding settlement and ensure that these priorities – which after all are the priorities of the people of Scotland – are maintained.”