Local Government Finance Settlement 2013-14

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

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Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party

On local government funding, we continue the practice of our predecessors and, once we establish a spending review settlement for a three-year period, we apply various measures—let me call them protective measures—for local government finance over that period. For example, we apply the funding floor to protect a range of different local authorities from changes in the settlement over the three years.

Last year, I applied the approach that gave further protection to the City of Edinburgh Council and Aberdeen City Council, as we had set out that we would do. That approach is applied over the duration of the spending review, so no review of it will be undertaken until we embark on a further spending review to provide for funding after the conclusion of the financial year 2014-15. That continues the practice of our predecessors in office.