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Holyrood has approved the 2019-20 budget which will see billions invested into public services — but warned Brexit could push Scotland into recession.
A £90m windfall for local authorities and moves to reform council tax have been pledged by the Scottish Government.
Crime prevention budgets have been cut by more than a half since 2010, an analysis from Labour has revealed.
Councils have reacted angrily to ‘short-sighted’ cuts to public health funding next year by the Government.
Scottish councils are managing in the face of cuts and rising demands on services but they ‘face a difficult time ahead’, a financial watchdog has warned.
Local government finances are sustainable and the collapse of another authority is not expected, the ministry’s top civil servant has insisted.
Staff at Shropshire Council have been told they must work from home one day a month as the authority struggles to get a grip on its finances.
Councils in Scotland are pressing for a 2.5% increase in local government funding, saying they have no options left to save money.
Former leader of Northamptonshire County Council has admitted mistakes were made in a PFI deal which has meant up to £2m a year being paid for empty care beds.
Counties across the country are grappling with tighter budgets. Heather Jameson talks to Surrey CC's Joanna Killian about the authority's financial woes.