MICHAEL RUSSELL MSP WELCOMES INCREASE IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING

£219.345M BOOST FOR ARGYLL AND BUTE DESPITE TORY CUTS TO SCOTLAND’S BUDGET

SNP MSP for Argyll and Bute, Michael Russell has welcomed news that Argyll and Bute Council is set to receive a total funding increase of 4.38%, as revealed in the Scottish Government’s budget.

Argyll and Bute Council will receive a £219.345m boost for day-to-day spending on essential public services and an increase of £9.209m on their capital spending budget.

The budget saw Finance Secretary Derek Mackay announce a total funding package amounting to £11.1 billion for local government.

Despite a £2 billion reduction in real terms to Scotland’s block grant over the last decade, the 2019/20 budget provides local authorities with a real terms increase in overall funding of over £210 million.

Commenting, SNP MSP Michael Russell said:

“People across Argyll and Bute will welcome this significant investment in their local services.

“Despite continued Tory cuts to Scotland’s resource budget, every local authority in Scotland has seen their funding increase in this year’s budget.

“These figures prove that the SNP government is committed to funding councils to deliver better schools, roads, housing and key services in Argyll and Bute.”

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