New research has revealed that SNP cuts to council budgets since 2013-14 have cost residents in Edinburgh more than £200 a head.

The figures provided by the independent Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), reveal the price of SNP austerity for individuals across Scotland.

Across all 32 local authorities in Scotland, spending has been cut by an average of £137 per head over the same period, meaning residents in Edinburgh have been among the hardest hit.

Scottish Labour has persistently called on the SNP to use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to end austerity and invest in lifeline services.

 

Kezia Dugdale said:

“These figures show the price of SNP austerity for individuals across Scotland.

“The SNP has slashed funding for lifeline services in recent years – and that translates as more than £200 a head since 2013-14 for people in Edinburgh.

“People in the capital have been let down by the SNP administration in Holyrood, which has simply passed on Tory austerity, rather than use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to choose a different course.

“Labour would use those powers to end austerity and invest in our lifeline services such as schools and care for the elderly.”

 

Real Total Revenue Per Head (£) 2013-14 (£) 2018-19 (£) Change (£)
Aberdeen City 1,527 1,416 -111
Aberdeenshire 1,663 1,568 -94
Angus 1,805 1,704 -102
Argyll & Bute 2,439 2,212 -226
Clackmannanshire 1,914 1,836 -79
Dumfries & Galloway 2,013 1,887 -125
Dundee City 2,052 1,981 -72
East Ayrshire 1,916 1,838 -78
East Dunbartonshire 1,792 1,688 -104
East Lothian 1,756 1,628 -129
East Renfrewshire 2,003 1,870 -133
Edinburgh, City of 1,622 1,405 -216
Eilean Siar 3,974 3,516 -458
Falkirk 1,844 1,728 -116
Fife 1,799 1,701 -98
Glasgow City 2,216 2,006 -210
Highland 2,034 1,873 -161
Inverclyde 2,157 2,055 -102
Midlothian 1,883 1,762 -122
Moray 1,720 1,627 -93
North Ayrshire 2,019 1,996 -23
North Lanarkshire 1,924 1,790 -134
Orkney 3,364 3,376 12
Perth & Kinross 1,748 1,620 -128
Renfrewshire 1,854 1,745 -109
Scottish Borders 1,886 1,770 -116
Shetland 4,009 3,667 -341
South Ayrshire 1,849 1,767 -82
South Lanarkshire 1,877 1,744 -134
Stirling 1,907 1,759 -148
West Dunbartonshire 2,180 2,076 -105
West Lothian 1,800 1,733 -67
Scotland 1,917 1,779 -137

 

 

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