Aberdeen will receive an additional £13.1m thanks to the funding floor established by the Scottish Government, and it is also the case that the council currently holds around £116m in unallocated revenue reserves, equivalent to 27% of its annual budget. Audit Scotland recommends reserves carried should be 2-3% of a council’s annual budget.
Councillor Young is also responsible for initially voting against a revised funding formula for local government, which would have cost the city £8m, and for taking the council out of COSLA, who determine the way local government funding is allocated.
Commenting Mr McDonald said:
“Once again we see more wild rhetoric from Councillor Young which is designed to deflect from his own blundering incompetence. This is the man who voted at COSLA to take money away from Aberdeen and give it to Glasgow. Then he opted to take Aberdeen out of COSLA altogether and leave our city at the mercy of Glasgow Labour.
“The Cabinet Secretary was perfectly clear that the funding settlement for local government was challenging, but this is a result of a challenging settlement from Westminster. Councillor Young was more than happy to leave George Osborne in charge of finances during the referendum, we are now bearing the brunt of the austerity agenda as a result.
“As a result of the Scottish Government funding floor, the council will receive an additional £13 million this year, this is something that the Labour party never delivered for Aberdeen.
“The council has £116 million in unallocated reserves, it has a prime opportunity to use that money, along with that additional £13 to redesign services to enable them to withstand the brutal Tory austerity that is being inflicted.
“That is the approach that has been taken with police, fire, health and social care, it would be a better use of Councillor Young’s time and energy to focus on this task rather than constant carping from the sidelines.”