Councils in Scotland face a 6% real-terms cut in central funding over the next three years though additional money is being made available to improve care for older people in 2012-13, the Scottish government announced today.
Councils will receive £11.5bn next year, down 3% on this year’s figure in real terms, while draft budgets for 2013-14 and 2014-15 show a 6% real-terms reduction over the period. By contrast, NHS spending is being maintained in real terms.
Ministers described the settlement as “challenging but fair” for councils in the light of cuts in Westminster funding for the Scottish government.
It will be bolstered by an £80m “change fund” to improve care for older people, building on a £70m allocation for this year to help NHS boards and councils redesign services to support prevention and reduce delayed discharges from hospitals and emergency admissions.
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