‘Spending Review welcome news for Edinburgh’- Council

Thursday September 22nd, 2011

The Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council has set out the local authority’s response to the Scottish Spending Review announced by Finance Secretary John Swinney.

Council Leader Jenny Dawe said: “Confirmation that the Scottish Government will honour its manifesto commitment that no council will receive less than 85% of the average per capita support for Scottish local authorities is welcome news for Edinburgh. We stand to gain a considerable sum from this. Following the Scottish Spending Review announcement, we are working through the likely implications for Edinburgh and will have a firmer indication of its impact once detail at local authority level is released in early December.

“Receiving no increase in our grant funding for the next three years, while meeting a number of additional expenditure commitments, and a freeze in council tax, will undoubtedly present further challenges at a time when resources are already under severe pressure. The reprofiling of local authority capital budgets over a four-year period, with £220m taken out of the first two years, will require close examination of our capital spending priorities. Officers will therefore review the current assumptions in the Council’s Long-Term Financial Plan and provide an update to elected members once this analysis has been completed.”  

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