Scottish councils facing funding deficit

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Scottish councils could face a combined funding gap of £553 million by 2018, according to a new report from the Accounts Commission.

The Commission has said that based on figures from 2015/16, local authorities are currently in good financial health but have found that there could be “significant challenges” in the future. [Read more…]

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Scottish councils facing over half a billion pounds of funding deficit, Accounts Commission warns

Scottish councils could face a combined funding gap of £553 million by 2018, according to a new report from the Accounts Commission.

The Commission has said that, based on figures from 2015-16, local authorities are currently in good financial health, but have found that there could be “significant challenges” in the future.

Forecasting for the next three years, the report’s analysis found that the deficit between the money that councils raise and what they spend could rise from £87 million in 2016-17 to £553 million in 2018-19.

The figures would mean that a large proportion of local authorities would face a gap in funding higher than the amount currently held in reserves.

The Commission acknowledged that councils face, “increasing pressure from a long-term decline in funding, rising demand for services and increasing costs such as pensions.”

More to follow later.

Scottish Council worries about the impact on front line services funding.

Scottish Council worries about the impact on front line services funding.

Scottish Councils Set to Lose £46million in EU Funding

by Andy Grozier

 

Local councils are under threat as Brexit looms

Local councils are under threat as Brexit looms

 

Scottish councils are set to lose out on 46 million pounds in funding for local projects when the UK leaves the European Union.

The news comes following figures released through a freedom of information request made by the Liberal Democrats.

The party’s Europe spokesman, Tavish Scott said that the figures demonstrate the importance of EU funding for Scottish councils;

“These figures reveal just how beneficial EU funding has been for council projects and the material threat posed by the UK’s departure from the EU. The UK and Scottish governments must now explain how disruption to these projects will be minimised and the loss of funding mitigated.”

The European funds have this year supported a variety of projects; everything from youth employment in Aberdeenshire, infrastructure projects in the Highlands and Islands to support for anti-poverty programs in Fife.

Andy Murray Says “I’m Too Young for a Knighthood”

by Andy Grozier

 

It may be only a matter of time but as of right now Andy Murray has said he is still too young for a knighthood.

The 29 year old ensured that he ends 2016 as World Number One in the tennis rankings on Sunday after beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets. His win has had some calling for the man from Dunblane to be invited to Buckingham Palace for the highest honour in the land.

Following the match on Sunday, Murray was dismissive of the calls, saying he doesn’t focus much on these things;

“I don’t think much about that stuff really. When I win any award or am presented with anything it is nice because it is recognition for what you have given your life up to – up to now anyway.

“I am just trying to keep doing what I’m doing, working hard and achieving stuff.”

A number of celebrities have lined up in support of a Sir Andy with Alan Sugar and Chris Evans calling for the Knighthood. Even former World Number One Roger Federer made hints in his tweet congratulating Murray on reaching top spot:

Murray, who already has an OBE to his name, is also the bookies favourite to win the BBC’s sports personality of the year award. If the Scot does win he would become the first British athlete to win the award three times.

Andy though doesn’t expect to even make it to the ceremony on the 18th of December, with a busy month ahead;

“I’ve got my father’s stag do next weekend, then he is getting married the following weekend. So I will go up to Scotland on Saturday, come back down to London for four or five days then come back up to Scotland. Then I go to Miami the day after my dad’s wedding.”

Murray will have some stiff competition for the prize, with Olympic athletes Alistair Brownlee, Mo Farah and Laura Trott all in competition.

Hearts and Hamilton Share the Points in 6 Goal Thriller

by Andy Grozier

 

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Hearts managed to rescue a point last night against Hamilton in a six goal thriller at New Douglas Park.

Jamie Walker had put the Edinburgh side ahead in the 8th minute with a brilliant half-volley only to see the Accies draw equal before powering ahead after half-time.

The home side’s come back started with a stunning free-kick from Ali Crawford. The 25 year old midfielder drifted the ball into the bottom corner of Jack Hamilton’s net from 20 yards. The strike was a touch of class in what was a mostly scrappy first half.

Rakish Bingham extended the Accies lead with a calm finish just moments into the second-half after a smooth passing move sent the striker through on goal. Bingham then got his brace in the 68th minute, beating the Hearts keeper with a shot fired into the bottom corner.

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