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SERVICES AT RISK FROM CAPPING SAY SCOTS

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Essential local services and jobs have been put at risk by government policies, warned Scottish council leaders yes...
Essential local services and jobs have been put at risk by government policies, warned Scottish council leaders yesterday as they learned how much grant each new authority would receive for the next year.

The Glasgow Herald (p2) reports that many councils will face a budget crisis after a revenue support grant rise of 2.6 per cent plus the economic impact of local government reorganisation and the Government's strict spending limits.

Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen city councils say they face special difficulties because of a mismatch between the amount currently spent in their areas by the outgoing regional councils and assessments made under an agreed Scottish Office/Convention of Scottish Local Authorities formula of necessary spending levels.

Cosla leaders will meet Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth next week and will raise the issue of severe weather repairs costs as well as demanding a loosening of the capping restrictions to allow spending to rise by 2-3 per cent as in England, instead of the present Scottish figure of O.8 per cent.
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