7 February 2019

MSP calls on Ministers to “cancel the clawback”

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald today called on the Scottish Government to cancel the clawback of £28 million from Aberdeen City Council’s General Revenue Grant for the current financial year.

In 2018/19, Aberdeen City Council raised £28 million more in business rates than was anticipated, but every penny of that additional revenue raised locally will be clawed back by the Scottish Government making a £28 million cut to the council’s General Revenue Grant.

Lewis said : “SNP Ministers are trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes by telling Aberdeen City Council that they can keep the additional revenue that they raise through local business rates, when in reality they will claw back the same amount of money from the General Revenue Grant for 2018/19.

“I have written to Finance Secretary Derek Mackay calling on him to cancel the clawback of much-needed grant funding from Aberdeen City Council, at a time when local authority funding is already being cut to the bone.”