Total revenue funding provided by the Executive through the core settlement to local authorities in 2007-08 will rise to£8.7bn - an increase of£393m or 4.7 per cent over 2006-07, and includes an additional£17m, which will be baselined mainly for educational services, over what was previously announced.
'In response to representations made to me by local government, I said repeatedly that I would be prepared to look again at the funding for local government for 2007-08. I am delivering on that promise. We have re-opened the funding agreed for the final year of the spending review to announce£201m of new money.'
Breakdownof the share for individual councils.
Unison said the increased funding was welcome.
Scottish secretary Matt Smith said:
'It goes some way to making up for the lower funding given to local government in previous spending rounds. Hopefully this can now be put to use to fund equal pay, instead of this burden falling on staff and council tax payers.'