About the Inquiry
Every year the Scottish Government plans how it will spend money by creating a budget. Committees are responsible for examining the budgets for their subject areas.
The Local Government and Communities Committee are looking at the impact of COVID-19 on local government budgets in Scotland.
Local authorities arrange or deliver a huge range of important services that are an everyday but crucial part of our lives.
Local government funding comes from a range of sources, including local taxes and charging for some services. For most councils, the largest source is the annual Scottish Government grant. Since the 2008 recession, funding has not generally kept pace with inflation. This makes it more challenging to deliver the full range of services.
When COVID-19 struck earlier this year, it had an immediate impact on councils who suddenly had to deliver emergency services to many vulnerable people.
The Scottish Government has also tried to lessen the financial strain with emergency funding. But the impact of COVID will likely be felt for years.
This page is also available on the new website
23 July 2020
Call for views opened
4 September 2020
Close date for responses on call for views
Oral evidence begins
End of October 2020
Write to the Scottish Government with our recommendations for next year’s Scottish Government budget as it affects local government, housing and communities.
Call for Views
The Committee launched a call for written evidence between Thursday 23 July 2020 and Friday 4 September 2020. Organisations and individuals with an interest in local government and local services were invited to submit written evidence to the Committee setting out their views about how best to ensure that the sector has a sustainable future.