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United Kingdom Budget

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:45 pm on 25th March 2010.

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Photo of David Whitton David Whitton Labour 4:45 pm, 25th March 2010

Speaking of living up to one's rhetoric, the cabinet secretary said that it was essential for local authorities to stimulate their local economies, but Audit Scotland has said:

"After years of sustained growth in central government financial support for local government, in December 2009 the Scottish Government announced funding of £12 billion for 2010/11, representing a decrease in real terms on the previous year."

If he now has an extra £76 million in Barnett consequentials, will he consider giving some of that to local authorities such as East Dunbartonshire Council, which has £800,000 less this year than it had last year?