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FORSYTH ANNOUNCES£33M ADDITIONAL CAPITAL ALLOCATIONS

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Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth has announced additional local authority capital allocations of£33 million for ...
Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth has announced additional local authority capital allocations of£33 million for spending this year on roads and transport, education, social work, general services, flood prevention and coast protection and non-council owned housing projects.

Mr Forsyth said:

'I am pleased to announce extra allocations of 33 million for authorities' capital spending needs this year on non-housing programmes and housing outwith the housing revenue account.

'This means that, in total, I have now made allocations to local authorities and Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority (SPTA) of around£393 million this year.

'All councils received allocations for new capital spending needs in March. In addition, we gave all the new councils further allocations in August to enable them to meet the costs of projects to which their predecessors had given commitments.

'This£33 million is the third tranche of allocations that I have been able to provide to councils this year and is intended to cover various pressures including that resulting from councils overspending last year.

'I have been able to make allocations to 30 councils and the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority. I am particularly pleased to say that I have been able to respond positively to requests we have received from many councils for extra resources for specific projects or programmes.

'In particular, I am pleased to announce£850,000 extra for Falkirk Council to help them upgrade the Callendar Centre,£500,000 to Dundee to establish a 'close support' and secure unit for children,£500,000 to Stirling for emergency rock stabilisation works to the Abbey Craig and 250,000 to Aberdeen to upgrade their forensic mortuary facilities.'.

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