Minister confirms Aberdeen City and Shire are bottom of the pack for local funding


In response to a Parliamentary Question tabled by North East MSP Mike Rumbles, the Scottish Government’s finance secretary has confirmed that Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire are two of the three worst funded local authorities in Scotland.

 

Per head of population, Aberdeen gets £350 less from its block grant than the average council in Scotland. With only Edinburgh receiving less.

 

Aberdeen drops to bottom, however, once the total funding is calculated, nearing £400 less than the average local authority, per person. While Aberdeenshire receives almost £200 less than the average, making it the third worst funded council in Scotland.   

 

Mr Rumbles said: “It is clear from these figures that the Scottish Government sees the North East as nothing more than a cash cow. That means less money for our local schools, less for our roads, and less for our local services.

 

“The disparity between councils of a similar size, with similar needs and geography, is appalling. It’s no wonder people feel let-down by this government and the fact that the SNP have done nothing to correct years of underfunding of our local services is disgraceful.

 

“The North East should not have to bear the burden of damaging SNP cuts and it is time the minister took action to put our local councils back on an even footing.”

 

Leader of the Liberal Democrat group for Aberdeen and councillor for Airyhall, Broomhill and Garthdee, Ian Yuill said:

 

"The SNP Scottish Government has repeatedly failed Aberdeen. Year-after-year the Scottish Government gives Aberdeen less funding per resident than any other Scottish council.

 

“That means less money for educating our children, less money for providing social care for our elderly and less money for repairing Aberdeen's crumbling roads."

 

ENDS

 

Notes for editors:

 

Written Question (25/04/18) - Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland) (Scottish Liberal Democrats): To ask the Scottish Government what the average annual local authority (a) block grant and (b) total funding is, broken down by per head of population, and how this compares with how much each receives. S5W-15961

 

Derek Mackay: Please find the 2018-19 Block Grant per head and the 2018/19 total funding per head in the following table.

 

Local Authority

Population

2018-19 Block Grant

£m

Block Grant Per Head

£

2018-19 Total Funding

£m

Total Funding Per Head

£

Aberdeen City

229,840

320.6

1395

352.9

1536

Aberdeenshire

262,190

408.1

1557

453.0

1728

Angus

116,520

196.2

1684

213.4

1832

Argyll & Bute

87,130

191.7

2200

208.0

2388

Clackmannanshire

51,350

92.2

1795

100.8

1963

Dumfries & Galloway

149,520

278.7

1864

307.2

2055

Dundee City

148,270

286.6

1933

317.4

2141

East Ayrshire

122,200

220.0

1801

240.0

1964

East Dunbartonshire

107,540

180.5

1678

193.2

1796

East Lothian

104,090

167.9

1613

183.5

1762

East Renfrewshire

93,810

174.8

1863

184.6

1968

City of Edinburgh

507,170

701.3

1383

798.7

1575

Eilean Siar

26,900

93.9

3491

103.8

3860

Falkirk

159,380

271.1

1701

293.3

1840

Fife

370,330

617.7

1668

671.7

1814

Glasgow City

615,070

1205.6

1960

1384.3

2251

Highland

234,770

434.8

1852

485.9

2070

Inverclyde

79,160

160.0

2022

173.0

2185

Midlothian

88,610

153.6

1734

167.7

1893

Moray

96,070

154.9

1613

169.0

1759

North Ayrshire

135,890

265.4

1953

276.2

2033

North Lanarkshire

339,390

596.0

1756

646.8

1906

Orkney Islands

21,850

68.4

3132

81.0

3709

Perth & Kinross

150,680

242.4

1609

263.9

1751

Renfrewshire

175,930

301.4

1713

326.7

1857

Scottish Borders

114,350

201.1

1756

231.2

2019

Shetland Islands

23,200

80.3

3462

92.7

3996

South Ayrshire

112,470

195.9

1742

212.2

1886

South Lanarkshire

317,100

544.2

1716

587.9

1854

Stirling

93,750

162.9

1738

177.4

1893

West Dunbartonshire

89,860

182.5

2031

203.3

2262

West Lothian

180,130

306.1

1699

330.8

1837

Scotland Total

5,404,700

9456.7

1750

10431.6

1930

 

 


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