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

That really is a matter for each individual local authority to take forward. As Mr Griffin will know from his experience in North Lanarkshire Council, a range of options are put forward, a large proportion of which are not pursued by the elected members for the simple reason that they do not have to make all the savings that are suggested.

As we go through a process of reform of public services, we clearly identify other and different ways in which services can be delivered, which can have better outcomes for people in Scotland. We should not be afraid to change the way in which we deliver public services to deliver better outcomes for the citizens of our country.