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SCOTTISH COUNCILS CALL FOR FUNDING REVIEW

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Scottish councils are to call for a review of local government funding, including the immediate allocation of more ...
Scottish councils are to call for a review of local government funding, including the immediate allocation of more funding for services, reports The Scotsman (p9).

Convention of Scottish local Authorities president Keith Geddes councils would argue that having been through the trauma of local government reorganisation, Scottish councils needed more resources, especially in education and social services.

The decision would be up to new Scottish secretary Donald Dewar, but 'there is flexibility there', he said.

CoSLA also wants government commitment on manifesto pledges such as abolishing CCT, returning business rates to councils, and appointing elected officers in the three water authorities.

The City of Glasgow Council will ask for a review of its funding in light of the£80m in cuts to its budget. Dundee Council has said its priority issue is the delivery of a Scottish parliament, with leader Kate Maclean saying it would radically change the relationship between central and local government.

Councillors of all parties want to build a constructive relationship with the new Scottish Office team, in contrast to the conflict which typified their dealings with the former staff under Michael Forsyth, the paper reports.

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