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COSLA: RECOGNITION OF UNDER-FUNDING

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Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth has given some limited recognition to the serious under-funding situation in Sco...
Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth has given some limited recognition to the serious under-funding situation in Scottish councils but at the cost of capital investment by councils, says COSLA.

President Keith Geddes said that Mr Forsyth's announcement on changes to capping levels was welcome as it eases the situation for a number of councils.

But he said: 'The cost of this is that consents for capital spending across the country will be cut by£10m. This is unacceptable, as such consents are already constrained by the government.

'No new money is being made available and, as Mr Forsyth acknowledges, this measure will result in increased council tax bills.'

Cllr Geddes pointed out that councils were spending within the limits set by the secretary of state for Scotland.
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