A lack of cash is preventing councils from “solving some of the problems facing our communities”, the president of local authorities body Cosla has said.
Labour leadership contender Anas Sarwar has accused the SNP Government of “short-changing” Scotland’s councils by almost £4 billion in the last nine years.
Council leaders are demanding Scotland’s political parties commit to a “menu for change” in the run up to May’s Holyrood election – insisting this must include “fair funding” for local government.
Youth services in England have had their local authority funding cut by 73% in less than a decade, according to analysis from the YMCA.
Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has insisted the cash settlement for councils in next year’s Budget is fair – despite claims that she is “short-changing” local government.
Many councils do not recognise serious youth violence as a public health issue and are missing opportunities to prevent vulnerable children being exploited, the children’s commissioner has said.
Scots could face council tax hikes of 6% in 2022 after Finance Secretary Kate Forbes offered authorities £90 million to freeze the charge in the forthcoming financial year, MSPs have been warned.
The number of substandard bridges across Great Britain is increasing, according to new research.
A fund set up to help poorer Scots at times of crisis had only spent a third of the record cash sum allocated to it halfway through the financial year, new figures have revealed.
English councils made a combined £891 million surplus from parking activities in the past financial year, according to new analysis.
MSPs have backed a bid to enshrine protections for local councils into Scots law – even though they questioned what impact the legislation will have.
Scotland’s councils face a funding shortfall of £360 million as the Covid-19 crisis has left budgets “strained”, local government leaders said.
Scotland's Public Finance Minister today denied the north-east has been short-changed in a budget described as “disastrous” for residents.
North-east councils could join forces in a bid to cut procurement costs.
A revolt is brewing as councils across Scotland follow Aberdeen and Moray's lead in announcing they could reject the Scottish Government's funding package.