Finance

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 15th October 1999.

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Photo of Mike Watson Mike Watson Labour

Question S1W-1992

To ask the Scottish Executive what conclusions it has reached on the budget submissions from Aberdeenshire, East Dunbartonshire and Perth and Kinross Councils.

Photo of Rt Hon Jack McConnell Rt Hon Jack McConnell Labour

I have considered the 3 submissions carefully. Although I appreciate the information provided by each Council, I am still not persuaded that the level of spending above guideline by the 3 councils is justified. It has already been announced that no council will be capped this year; any future capping decisions will be taken following consideration of all the relevant factors which obtain at that time. However I have today indicated to Aberdeenshire and Perth and Kinross Councils that I will expect them to return to their expenditure guideline within the next year. I have indicated to East Dunbartonshire Council that I will expect them to return to their guideline within at the latest the next 2 years.

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