North East councils forced to charge service users to balance the books

Figures released by the Scottish Parliament’s library (SPICe) show that both Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire have seen the sharpest rise in charges to service users in Scotland.    


Aberdeen City Council, which is the worst funded council in Scotland, has seen a rise of over 191% since 2012/13. While Aberdeenshire, which is the third worst funded local authority in Scotland, has seen costs to service users rise by 89% over the same period.


North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles said: “The facts are clear, the Scottish Government is content for people in the North East to pay more than other people in Scotland for the same services.


“Years of underfunding by this inept SNP Government, that sees the North East as nothing more than a cash cow, has forced our local authorities to find other ways to fund essential services. That means local people are paying more in their council tax bill and more at the point of use.


“It is simply not good enough that the North East is always at the back of the queue for funding. The Scottish Government must take stock of these damming figures and act now to provide adequate funding for local services in the North East.”



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