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Scottish councils will receive£549 million in capital allocations in 1995-96, Scottish secretary Ian Lang has anno...
Scottish councils will receive £549 million in capital allocations in 1995-96, Scottish secretary Ian Lang has announced.

Mr Lang said the funding, which is for roads, education, police, and water and sewerage work, followed an increase in capital allocations of 23% over the past five years.

'I am confident the resources being made available will be sufficient to enable authorities to carry out their priority capital projects,' he said.

Councils could boost funding by spending capital receipts, claiming European grants, using revenue to fund capital expenditure and developing projects under the private finance initiative.

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities said the allocation represented a real-terms reduction of 5%. Districts faced cuts of 20%.

'For the secretary of state to have claimed councils will be stronger after reorganisation is palpable nonsense in the light of today's announcement,' said COSLA president Rosemary McKenna.

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