Martin Ford 05 February 2019

Nearly £1bn cut from Scottish authorities in past eight years

Nearly £1bn cut from Scottish authorities in past eight years image

Funding cuts are finally beginning to take their toll as Scottish councils can no longer protect services, according to report published today.

Councils’ performance is beginning to suffer and public satisfaction is falling, the Local Government Benchmarking Framework from the Improvement Service said.

The report found that over the last eight years - despite total revenue funding for councils having fallen by 8.3% in real terms from £10.5bn to £9.6bn - ‘service performance has been maintained remarkably well with improving trends’.

Education and social care spending have been protected, resulting in 16- to 19-year-olds in education, training and employment rising to almost 92% and a record 62% of older people being supported at home.

Reductions of 22% have been made in culture and leisure, planning spending fell 34%, highways budgets have been cut 15% and environmental services budgets have decreased by almost 10%.

The report concluded that in 2017/18 there was ‘indicative evidence across some services covered by the benchmarking framework that performance improvement is slowing down for the first time since 2010/11’.

Improvement Service chair and president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, Cllr Alison Evison, said: ‘This report shows that, once again, Scottish local government has risen to the challenge and done a remarkable job in difficult circumstances.

‘The problem now is that, as the report identifies, this will become increasingly difficult as budget cuts over a number of years begin to bite.’

Highways jobs

Senior Practitioner - Placement Finding Team

Essex County Council
£28500.0 - £50400.0 per annum
Senior Practitioner - Children and Young People Placement Service- Placement Finding Team Interviews to be held on the 10th September at County Hall, England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

People Information Analyst

Essex County Council
Up to £33330 per annum
Please note this is a fixed term contract role for a duration of 12 months. Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local au England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Key stage Officer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£32430 - £34794
Key Stage Education Officer (Secondary Phase) to work with children in our care, supporting them in classrooms and in their homes with their education SE18 6HQ
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Solicitor/Barrister Advocate - Children’s x4

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band I, SCP 44 - 47 (£46,564 - £49,538 per annum) (£24.14 - 25.68 per hour)
To act as the principal advocate for all aspects of advocacy legal work relating to the children’s social care in the county court and high court. Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury B69 3DE
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Business Support Officer

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band C, SCP 5 - 8 (£18,795 - £19,945 per annum) pro rata (£9.74 - £10.34 per hour)
The successful candidate will provide administrative business support to service teams within Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing. The Lyng, Health & Social Care Centre, Frank Fisher Way, West Bromwich, B70 7AW
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The June issue of Local Government News contains the full details of all the winning schemes in the 2019 Street Design Awards. From Children's Play to Pedestrian Environment, find out who has been recognised for their innovation and use of best practice.

This issue also explores how local government pension funds can hedge currency risk, how councils can best address the shortfall in school places, and an update on the number of authorities banning the use of Roundup over safety fears.

Register for your free magazine