The Scottish Executive supports local authorities’ net revenue expenditure on roads maintenance through the core local government finance settlement. Spending Review 2004 added a further £60 million in both 2006-07 and 2007-08 to the Roads and Transport Grant Aided Expenditure (GAE) allocations, the majority of which was added to the roads maintenance GAEs. Total GAE for roads maintenance will amount to £320 million by 2007-08 and this represents an increase of 23% on the 2004-05 allocation to local authorities. Each council is responsible for the maintenance and improvement of local roads in its area and it is entirely a matter for councils to decide what priority is given to local roads and to allocate the resources available to them accordingly.
We will consider COSLA’s submission in respect of the 2007 Spending Review including any points on local roads maintenance at the appropriate time.