Inverness councillors yesterday agreed to work together to push for city roads to be allocated maintenance funding based on usage, rather than length.
The Scottish Government’s budget was officially passed last night - meaning an increase in income tax paid for Scottish higher earners compared with the rest of the UK.
The Scottish Parliament has formally approved the Government’s tax and spending plans for 2019-20 in the budget’s final vote at Holyrood.
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard clashed with Nicola Sturgeon at First Minister’s Questions on funding for councils in the Scottish Government budget.
The Scottish Government’s tax and spending plans for 2019-20 are to be formally approved by Holyrood on Thursday, thanks to a deal between SNP ministers and Green MSPs.
Derek Mackay last night faced fresh warnings that high earners could quit Scotland to avoid paying increased income tax rates as MSPs voted for his controversial tax plans.
MSPs have passed the Scottish Government’s proposals on income tax rates for the coming financial year by 61 votes to 52.
North-east councillor questions increasingly ‘depressing’ budget-setting process after voting for £22 million of cuts
One of dozens of north-east councillors who this week voted for £22 million of cuts - which will hit schools, libraries and bus services - has branded the budget-setting process "depressing".
The leader of the largest opposition group in the chamber said he was deeply concerned about the prospect of redundancies.
Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City councils have ruled out imposing a controversial car park tax for the foreseeable future.
Highland Council’s administration yesterday got its budget of £37.5million savings through yesterday - but there were concerns inside and outside the chamber over cuts to education.
Schools, libraries and bus services across Aberdeenshire will all be hit by swinging council cuts.
A £5 million roads repair "holiday" is one of a raft of controversial cuts being proposed by opposition politicians to balance a north-east council's books.
Chancellor Philip Hammond’s goal of eliminating the budget deficit and balancing the books has “no credibility” and should be abandoned, MPs have said.
Council chiefs claim a drastic overhaul of local government finance is needed if they are to cope with increasingly tough economic times.
In yesterday's budget announcements, the axe of savings and efficiencies falls largely on education - losing £5.9m - and leisure, with HighLife Highland expected to find £1.5m.
A huge outpouring of support from Moray campaigners could be about to save leisure services in the region.
A north-east council has refused to rule out cutting jobs as it attempts to overcome a gaping deficit of almost £30 million.
Workers face being “thumped” by plans to allow councils across Scotland to introduce a tax if they park their car at their place of employment, the Tories have claimed.
Hundreds of jobs could go as Aberdeenshire Council looks to close a budget black hole of £27 million.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has been accused of concealing knowledge from opposition parties about what funding was available during budget discussions.
SNP ministers have been accused of failing to listen to people’s views on controversial proposals for a workplace parking charge.
Exemptions to a planned workplace parking levy could “quite possibly” be extended beyond the NHS to other parts of the public sector, the Scottish Government has said.
Rural commuters in the north and north east will be “penalised” by Derek Mackay’s workplace car-parking charge, it was claimed yesterday.
Moray Council opposition Conservative group leader Tim Eagle has welcomed extra funding from the Scottish Government, but stressed that the region's financial problems were still not fixed.
Aberdeen council leaders have urged community groups to come forward with ideas as it emerged between £40 and £50million will have to be trimmed this year.
More than £50 million of cash in the Scottish Government’s Budget for the coming year will go unspent, it has emerged.
Derek Mackay yesterday paved the way for council tax rises across Scotland as he brokered a budget deal with the Greens that will also introduce a new levy on tourists.
Aberdeenshire's finance chiefs have made repeated calls for more powers to be devolved to local government.
Theresa May yesterday told the SNP to empower local government instead of “hoarding power” at Holyrood after Moray Council cuts were raised at Prime Minister’s Questions.
Fury erupted yesterday amid claims a letter from the Scottish Government finance secretary blamed the former adminstration for the financial crisis at Moray Council.
The Scottish Government and Greens were last night edging closer to striking a deal to get the budget through Holyrood - on the basis that local councils get more support.