Committee to investigate council spending
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.