Over 15 per cent of local government expenditure in Scotland in
the year 1999 to 2000 was spent on social work, according to the
executive’s latest statistical bulletin.
Overall, local government expenditure in 1999/2000 amounted to
£10.4 billion. Social work accounted for £1.5 billion as
well as some of the £1 billion spent on law, order and
protective services. Councils spent £2.2 billion on housing
services, while, as expected, the biggest budget was spent on
education at £2.9 billion.