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£21m FUNDING REACHES WEST LOTHIAN TO TACKLE IMPACT OF COVID-19

£21m FUNDING REACHES WEST LOTHIAN TO TACKLE IMPACT OF COVID-19

Published date : 21 December, 2020

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.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes: 

 

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

ABERDEENSHIRE 26.247

ANGUS 12.494

ARGYLL & BUTE 10.137

CLACKMANNANSHIRE 6.147

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

FALKIRK 17.407

FIFE 42.516

GLASGOW CITY 78.600

HIGHLAND 27.229

INVERCLYDE 9.866

MIDLOTHIAN 9.914

MORAY 9.712

NORTH AYRSHIRE 17.313

NORTH LANARKSHIRE 40.672

ORKNEY ISLANDS 3.184

PERTH & KINROSS 15.102

RENFREWSHIRE 20.396

SCOTTISH BORDERS 12.717

SHETLAND ISLANDS 3.403

SOUTH AYRSHIRE 12.283

SOUTH LANARKSHIRE 36.332

STIRLING 9.821

WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE 11.658

WEST LOTHIAN 21.188

TOTAL 607.146

 

  

  


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