Burial and Cremation

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 12th September 2007.

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Photo of Christine Grahame Christine Grahame Scottish National Party

Question S3W-4013

To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-1239 by John Swinney on 13 July 2007, whether there is a mechanism for local authorities to apply for specific funding for burial facilities such as crematoria and, if so, which local authorities have applied for such funding in each year since 1999.

Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party

There is no separate mechanism for local authorities to apply for specific funding. The Scottish Government provides general financial support for Scotland’s local authorities’ core services, including burial grounds and crematoria, but it is the responsibility of each individual local authority to allocate its total resources, including the locally collected council tax, on the basis of local needs and priorities.

In 2007-08, the core local government funding provided by the Scottish Government will amount to over £8.7 billion.

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