The SNP is today (Friday) is welcoming a significant funding boost for local authorities delivered by the Scottish Government – ensuring the continuation of the Council Tax freeze, Bedroom Tax mitigation and the maintenance of teacher numbers.
The Local Government Finance Order agreed by Parliament delivers an additional £107m to local government in Scotland – over and above the sums already approved – including the funding needed to maintain teacher numbers at their current level for another year.
The package includes funding to ensure the continuation of the council tax freeze, more than £26m for Discretionary Housing Payments to wipe out the impact of the Bedroom Tax and additional money for Scotland’s youth employment strategy.
Commenting, SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson said: “This latest funding boost for local government will help us protect public services and family budgets across the country – and is another example of the Scottish Government’s commitment to providing a fair settlement for local government.
“The funding delivered to maintain teacher numbers across the country is particularly welcome – ensuring the highest quality education possible for our children and helping our most disadvantaged children in particular.
“Today’s agreement also delivers funding to maintain the Council Tax freeze – protecting family budgets during tough financial times – and to wipe out the impact of Westminster’s unfair Bedroom Tax.
“The Scottish Government will continue to work alongside our partners in local government to deliver the best possible deal for people in Scotland – and to protect our public services as much as possible from the austerity agenda being imposed by Westminster.”