Marlyn Glen MSP

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Scottish Labour MSP for North East Scotland

Dundee council allocation rises by less than £1 million in real terms next year.

31 December 2009

Details of Dundee City Council provisional allocation for its revenue and capital spending from the Scottish Government for 2010-11 show that it is only some £900,000 greater in real terms than the previous year in a budget of over £340 million.

The provisional revenue budget in 2010-11 stands at over £319 million, an increase of over £9 million on the previous year.

However, when inflation is taken into account, the increase falls in value to around £4.8 million.

The provisional capital budget in 2010-11 stands at £22.62 million, a decrease of £3.59 million on the previous year.

However, when inflation is taken into account, the decrease rises in value to around £3.9 million.

Overall, Dundee’s provisional allocation for 2010-11 – combining both revenue and capital – is some £900,000 greater in real terms than the previous year, less than 1 per cent of the budget.

Marlyn Glen, who received the information on the allocation from Scottish Government official figures, said that Dundee’s ” poor increase in allocation” came from a Government which “regards itself as never to blame for the consequences of its unattainable, unfunded populist promises on the provision of council jobs and services.”

Ms. Glen continued,

“In addition, Dundee City Council has been forced by the Scottish Government to reduce its spending by over £5 million in order to qualify for council tax freeze assistance.

“In these times when the priority is to support the local economy and secure jobs, local government spending is not the problem, Scottish Government underfunding of it is.”

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