Scottish Local Government Finance Statistics published today, show that Aberdeen City was the second worst funded of Scotland’s 32 Local Authorities in 2018/19, per head of population.
Aberdeen City Council spent £1,804 per person, £177 less than the Scottish average in 2018/19. Angus Council is only slightly higher on £1,817, while only Edinburgh had a lower net revenue expenditure. Aberdeenshire Council did better in 2018/19 than it has in previous years but is still below the Scottish average.
North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles said: “These figures are disgraceful. The Scottish Government is still using the North East as a cash-cow and that means less money for our schools, roads and local lifeline services than in other parts of Scotland.
“Our public and healthcare services have been at the back of the queue for funding for over a decade. Waiting times continue to increase with staff under constant pressure while this incompetent Scottish Government sits on its hands.
“In addition to the issue of fair funding, there is absolutely no recognition from Ministers or the SNP of the unique challenges faced by people living in our area in recent years.”
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