MSPs have passed the Scottish Government’s proposals on income tax rates for the coming financial year by 61 votes to 52.
Council tax will rise by 3% in Aberdeenshire, posts will go and services cut in a budget dubbed a “catalogue of horrors”.
Council tax in Aberdeenshire will rise by 3% in April, it has been decided today.
Chancellor Philip Hammond’s goal of eliminating the budget deficit and balancing the books has “no credibility” and should be abandoned, MPs have said.
Council tax could also rise by 4.79% for residents across the region, with the council leader confirming discussions were still ongoing on whether to put this forward.
Workers face being “thumped” by plans to allow councils across Scotland to introduce a tax if they park their car at their place of employment, the Tories have claimed.
Up to 150 posts could go at Aberdeenshire Council in the next year, as they look to make millions of pounds in savings.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has been accused of concealing knowledge from opposition parties about what funding was available during budget discussions.
Exemptions to a planned workplace parking levy could “quite possibly” be extended beyond the NHS to other parts of the public sector, the Scottish Government has said.
A north-east council is more than £500,000 over budget for its sports and culture services.
Aberdeen council leaders want powers to be devolved to local government in a bid to tackle budget cuts.
More than £50 million of cash in the Scottish Government’s Budget for the coming year will go unspent, it has emerged.
The Scottish budget deal agreed yesterday saw a 3% cap on a council tax rise increase, giving councils across the country the option to raise council tax by up to 4.79%.
Scotland’s Finance Secretary has said he is “open to compromise” as he tries to strike a deal to allow his tax and spending plans for the next year to pass at Holyrood.
Failure to pass the Scottish Budget would create a “thick layer of uncertainty” for businesses at an “already challenging time”, retail chiefs have warned.
The Scottish Greens have warned they cannot support the Government’s proposed budget as it stands, saying it would be “damaging” for local services across the country.
Ministers are being urged to “come down hard” on public-sector bodies which pull out of town-centre sites.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has described the suggestion he will be remembered as the man who bankrupted Scotland as “absolute total nonsense”.
People in Scotland will see the impact of cuts across the country if funding measures laid out in the draft budget are approved, MSPs have been told.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay is facing questions about the impact of his budget on councils after local authority leaders warned cuts were now “inevitable” to services which had previously been protected.
Council leaders have warned cuts to vital services are now “inevitable” as they told how the Scottish Government’s draft budget for 2019-20 would have a “major impact” on their work.
Councils should be permitted to use a £50 million fund set up to help Scotland’s struggling high streets to cut business rates, according to retailers.
Claims a budget settlement puts the power in local councils’ hands has been branded “disingenuous” by the co-leader of Aberdeen City Council.
Scotland's Public Finance Minister today denied the north-east has been short-changed in a budget described as “disastrous” for residents.
Every council in Scotland will face cuts to its core revenue grant funding under the Scottish Government’s Budget plans, according to independent analysis.
North-east residents were today facing a 3% rise in their council tax bill.
Scottish councils’ allocations in the draft budget put at risk the delivery of essential services next year, according to local government body Cosla.
MSPs have been urged to back the Scottish Government’s budget plans to provide Scotland with economic certainty ahead of Brexit.
Households on an income of £15,000 a year will only be 49p better off as a result of tax changes made by the Scottish Government, the Tories have claimed.