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SNP CALL ON MORAY TORIES AND INDEPENDENTS TO SET OUT THEIR FUNDING ACTIONS

19/01/2018  

Moray’s SNP Councillors are calling on the Council’s Tory and Independent councillors to set out what actions they have taken to improve the Council’s funding share.

The SNP call follows the complaint from the Tory Group Leader that the Council doesn’t get a fair share of funding.

However, the funding distribution formula for Councils is one that is negotiated through COSLA between Scotland’s 32 local authorities and it is the Council Leader who represents Moray in the COSLA Leaders meetings where the greatest opportunity lies to challenge the current distribution arrangements.

Commenting SNP Opposition Co-Leader Cllr Shona Morrison said:

“This week has seen the Tory Group Leader on Moray Council call for more money per head of population in Moray so I ask him what have you done to try and achieve that?

“It is the Council Administration’s role to provide leadership for Moray at COSLA and to challenge the funding formula if it needs to be challenged so which parts of the funding formula agreed with COSLA does he think are wrong and what are the Council Administration’s proposals to COSLA and when are they going to present them?

“It is unacceptable for the councillors who are supposed to be providing leadership in the Council to blame the Scottish Government for a funding arrangement that is predominantly decided between the 32 members of COSLA. That is especially the case when Moray Council is one of those members and Leader of the Administration is the Council’s principle representative at COSLA.

“At the same time as Tory Councillors in Moray are complaining about lack of money for public services the Tory MP for Moray is actively campaigning for lower taxation, which would, of course, mean even less money for public services.

“This is totally contradictory and seems to be an attempt to deflect attention away from the Council Administration’s lack of leadership on key issues. They have the power in their own hands to raise these issues directly at COSLA and to put motions in to propose changes to the funding formula if they so wish. So the question is, if they are that concerned, why haven’t they done so?”

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