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SCOTTISH BILL SHOWS NO LET UP

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Scottish districts will be able to increase their spending by an average of around 2.7% next year, almost 3% less t...
Scottish districts will be able to increase their spending by an average of around 2.7% next year, almost 3% less than their English counterparts, according to their finance settlement announced on Tuesday.

But the details of the settlement showed no districts face a cash cut in spending. Clydebank DC's cash freeze was the tightest cap, while Edinburgh and Glasgow city councils are both allowed increases of 0.8%. Among the other major towns Aberdeen and Dundee city councils are allowed 1.3% increases.

Kincardine and Deeside DC, a big underspender relative to its grant aided expenditure figure, comes out on top with a permitted budget increase of 22.4%.

The grant aided expenditure total for the regions and islands has been set at £4.76 billion next year. Over two fifths of this goes to Strathclyde RC. The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities was analysing the regional and island figures this week.
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