West Lothian Council has received an additional £21.18m from the Scottish Government to support local services in West Lothian and tackle the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Local authorities will also receive their fair share of a further £184.8 million which is currently undistributed but will be allocated following parliamentary approval.
The extra funding has also been provided to help offset the drop in revenue that West Lothian Council has lost during the pandemic and brings the overall support package to councils over the COVID-19 pandemic to more than £1 billion.
The new figures come after Scotland’s Finance Secretary, Kate Forbes, announced that businesses, including taxi drivers, travel agents and those working in the hospitality sector, across Scotland will benefit from a new £185 million package of targeted coronavirus support.
Commenting, Angela Constance MSP for Almond Valley said:
“The pandemic has put enormous pressure on households, communities and local services right across Scotland, and it’s right that the Scottish Government has ensured West Lothian has more funding to deal with this.
“This funding boost is supporting access to food, welfare payments and frontline services, and is just one way the Scottish Government is providing to individuals and businesses to protect jobs and incomes.
“There’s more cash to come – and if we all stick together, and continue following the rules in the coming months, we will beat this pandemic.”
The Scottish Government have committed an additional £791.9 million in COVID related funding to support local authority services, including the estimated consequentials of £90 million for a lost income scheme.
The following table includes £607.1 million of that funding with local authorities receiving their fair share of a further £184.8 million which is currently undistributed but will be allocated following parliamentary approval.
LOCAL AUTHORITY AMOUNT (£M)
ABERDEEN CITY 19.404
ARGYLL & BUTE 10.137
DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY 17.707
DUNDEE CITY 18.586
EAST AYRSHIRE 14.844
EAST DUNBARTONSHIRE 11.185
EAST LOTHIAN 11.059
EAST RENFREWSHIRE 10.566
EDINBURGH CITY OF 45.825
EILEAN SIAR 3.634
GLASGOW CITY 78.600
NORTH AYRSHIRE 17.313
NORTH LANARKSHIRE 40.672
ORKNEY ISLANDS 3.184
PERTH & KINROSS 15.102
SCOTTISH BORDERS 12.717
SHETLAND ISLANDS 3.403
SOUTH AYRSHIRE 12.283
SOUTH LANARKSHIRE 36.332
WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE 11.658
WEST LOTHIAN 21.188
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