Com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate coun­cil spend­ing

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

Pub­lic ser­vices spend­ing is to be scru­ti­nised by a Holy­rood com­mit­tee.

Ren­frew­shire Coun­cil will have its rev­enue bud­get plans ex­am­ined by the Scot­tish Govern­ment to en­sure re­sources are be­ing used wisely.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity will be forced to re­veal how any in­crease in charges will im­pact on fam­i­lies.

Bob Doris MSP, lo­cal govern­ment and com­mu­ni­ties com­mit­tee con­vener, says coun­cils are be­ing stretched.

He said:“We know that lo­cal govern­ment has been fac­ing fi­nan­cial chal­lenges for a long time be­cause of grow­ing de­mands on their ser­vices and sig­nif­i­cant rev­enue bud­get cuts, as part of UK-wide re­duc­tions in pub­lic sec­tor bud­gets.

“We want to en­sure that a fully trans­par­ent po­si­tion of lo­cal govern­ment fi­nances can be es­tab­lished, which takes into ac­count other fund­ing streams within coun­cils such as pupil eq­uity funds, health and so­cial care in­te­gra­tion funds and city deal re­sources.

“While lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have been mak­ing sav­ings over pre­vi­ous years, the fu­ture shape of the lo­cal govern­ment set­tle­ment is chang­ing and this may pose a level of un­cer­tainty they’ve not pre­vi­ously had to cope with.“

The com­mit­tee an­nounced its re­view into lo­cal govern­ment spend­ing ahead of the Scot­tish Govern­ment’s draft bud­get for 2018/19.

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