Aberdeenshire Council’s co-leaders have welcomed an extra £8 million in the Scottish Government budget which was agreed at Holyrood yesterday.
Negotiations between the SNP and the Green Party led to a decision not to pass on an income tax cut for higher earners, which then freed up £29m for Scottish councils.
Aberdeenshire Council co-leader Richard Thomson, SNP, said councillors would need to open talks on how to use the cash. Cllr Thomson said: “I very much welcome this announcement but we need to work out the detail.
“Our proposals for the council’s budget have gone through a great deal of scrutiny to get to this stage and our budget papers are out.
“We’re not going to make any change to our budget until such time as we have details nailed down by the Scottish Government.”
Co-leader Alison Evison, Labour, said she was open to looking at whether the money could go towards mitigating business rate rises.
She said: “It’s good to see local government being given priority and we will be looking at how we can support business.”