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

Mr Brown will forgive me if I do not give him an answer to that specific question in relation to the budget today, but if he needs me to write to him about that later, I will certainly do so. I am sure that, given a couple of minutes, I could run my eye down the table and tell him the exact answer.

The reason why any local authority will receive a cash-terms cut is because of the application of the distribution formula for local authorities, which, as he will know, is affected by a wide variety of indicators—principally population change, but also deprivation, sparsity of population, issues such as special island status and a variety of matters of that nature. Those are the relevant factors.

If Mr Brown looks at the table that I have supplied to members, he will see that the expenditure, taking account of the police and fire changes, totals £9.365 billion in 2012-13 and that it will be £9.396 billion in 2013-14, which is, of course, a higher number than in 2012-13.