A New Deal for Councils?

First Minister of Scotland, Humza Yousaf, has said that local councils will be given more flexibility in how they disperse funding from the Scottish Government.

At a meeting between Humza Yousaf, Joe FitzPatrick (Minister for Local Government Empowerment and Planning, Shona Robison (Deputy First Minister) and COSLA – which represents Scotland’s local authorities – discussions took place on funding.

Humza Yousaf said:

“These early discussions in my first week as First Minister have been an important opportunity for me to reaffirm the Scottish Government’s commitment to working collaboratively with local government.

“Together, local and national governments work hand-in-hand to deliver on our shared priorities for the people of Scotland and the vital public services in our communities whilst recognising the considerable financial pressures across the public sector.

“Work is already underway on developing a New Deal for Local Government. We will work together, through regular and meaningful engagement, to progress this, explore a new fiscal framework for councils and reform our public services.”

Scottish Government people and COSLA people sitting round a big desk

COSLA President Shona Morrison said:

“I was very pleased to get a meeting with the new First Minister in his first week in office. It was both a productive and positive meeting with a range of issues discussed.

“I certainly hope we can build a strong working relationship as we jointly go about delivering for the people of Scotland.”

As ever the devil is in the detail so we will have to wait to see what this new ‘flexibility’ over funding means.

Archived Story February 2023

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