Councils ‘need extra 1bn’ to prevent further cuts

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Councils are calling for an extra billion pounds from the Scottish government to stop slashes to local services.

The local government umbrella body Cosla says the government must “invest in parliaments before it is too late”.

It also says there should be no government-imposed limits on council tax rises.

The Scottish government says it has done its best for assemblies despite “UK government cuts”.

Cosla says an extra PS1bn of revenue funding would allow for new spend commitments, the impact of inflation and make up for parts in previous years.