Local Government Finance Settlement 2013-14

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 27th November 2012.

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Photo of Kenneth Gibson Kenneth Gibson Scottish National Party

I welcome the cabinet secretary’s statement. In light of Sarah Boyack’s questions, will the cabinet secretary tell us where local government would be now if, on assuming office, he had followed the advice of Labour’s Wendy Alexander and top sliced the local government budget by at least 3 per cent year on year, and where our businesses would be if the tax rate poundage remained on average 8.5 per cent above England’s, as it was for seven consecutive years under Labour and the Liberal Democrats?