Details of how more than £13.2 billion in Scottish Government funding for 2023-24 will be distributed among local authorities have been published. 

They include a cash increase in day-to-day revenue funding of 3.5% for next year, compared with the 2022-23 Scottish Budget.

The settlement represents a total cash increase of £570 million or 4.5%. This is equivalent to a real terms rise of 1.3% to support vital council services and follows the most challenging Scottish Budget settlement since devolution.

The Scottish Government has enabled local authorities to make their own local decisions, with financial flexibility on council tax, employability and homelessness services, as well as early learning and schools workforce provision.

Christina McKelvie MSP, the SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, commented:

“I recognise the challenge which local councils face in delivering services during the current bleak economic climate.

“The 2023-24 Budget confirms that, despite the most turbulent economic and financial context that most people can remember, and the huge pressure on public finances, I am pleased that the Scottish government has allocated such a huge pot of money for local councils who undertake such vital work, particularly in my own constituency.”