Funding fear for Midlothian budget

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Local politicians have hit out at funding calculations which could see Midlothian Council lose out on almost £1.9 million next year.

A row over how Scottish Government funding is shared among councils has split the umbrella group Cosla.

Cosla leaders backed a “flat share” increase in funding last September instead of a “needs-based” settlement taking into account changes in population and deprivation.

Things came to a head last week when Finance Secretary John Swinney published details of how councils would fare under each scenario. He has been accused of stirring up divisions amongst local authoritiess.

According to the Scottish Government, around two-thirds of councils, including Midlothian, would be better off if the needs-based option was used.

Under the flat-rate calculations, Midlothian Council will receive £144,876 million – £1.89 million less than the allocation based on the latest population data.

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