Scottish Government reveals 2022-23 local authority funding

£12.5 billion local government settlement represents a 5 per cent increase in real terms, and follows on from the UK Government's announcement of a 4% increase in real terms funding for local government in England.

"Local authorities are key partners with government as we tackle the pandemic and protect our communities, businesses and public services," said Finance Secretary Kate Forbes. “This settlement reflects that and includes protection to the core budget in cash terms, an extra £554 million for health and social care, £145 million for additional teachers and support staff and £94 million to support the expansion of free school meals.

Local Authority

2022-23 settlement in £m

Increase in £m (%)

Glasgow

1,407.90

44.9 (3.3)

Edinburgh

872.9

41.1 (4.9)

Fife

760.8

35.5 (4.9)

North Lanarkshire

719.4

28.2 (4.1)

South Lanarkshire

651.9

26.1 (4.2)

Highland

523.6

17.3 (3.4)

Aberdeenshire

499.6

20.4 (4.3)

Aberdeen City

390.6

14.7 (3.9)

West Lothian

369.7

16.4 (4.6)

Renfrewshire

365.2

13.9 (4)

Dundee City

338

10.2 (3.1)

Dumfries & Galloway

329

14.4 (4.6)

Falkirk

327.6

11.9 (3.8)

North Ayrshire

314.5

10.6 (3.5)

Perth & Kinross

294.8

13.5 (4.8)

East Ayrshire

268.7

11.8 (4.6)

Scottish Borders

243

9.8 (4.2)

Angus

237.9

11 (4.8)

South Ayrshire

235.8

12.1 (5.4)

Argyll & Bute

219.7

6.4 (3)

East Dunbartonshire

217.7

9.7 (4.7)

West Dunbartonshire

213.5

6.1 (2.9)

East Renfrewshire

205.5

9.4 (4.8)

East Lothian

203.6

8.9 (4.5)

Stirling

196.1

7.4 (3.9)

Midlothian

190.3

6.6 (3.6)

Moray

188.9

8.8 (4.9)

Inverclyde

187.8

5.9 (3.3)

Clackmannanshire

110.2

4.5 (4.2)

Eilean Siar

103.7

2.1 (2.1)

Shetland

98.8

1.5 (1.6)

Orkney

83.9

1.2 (1.5)

 

The settlement represents a total cash increase of £917.9 million or 7.9%, which is the equivalent of a real terms rise of 5.1% to support vital local government services.

The Scottish Government has also responded to requests by councils for more financial flexibility by enabling them to make their own local decisions on council tax.

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