Midlothian Council one of of five to have '˜overspent' on winter maintenance

Midlothian Council are one of five councils in Scotland to overspend on their winter maintenance budgets.

Wednesday, 17th January 2018, 2:01 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th January 2018, 2:12 pm
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At least five local authorities are already set to overspend their winter maintenance budgets in a bid to keep snow-hit roads open.

According to a report in the Herald, Midlothian Council said it had “slightly overspent” its £907,000 winter maintenance budget adding that the money spend over budget “would put a strain on the council’s overall budget”.

Speaking to The Herald, David Kennedy of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities said: “Demand for all our services outstrips our ability to pay for them as our [Fair Funding For Essential Services] document showed.

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“Councils main concerns are public safety and keeping roads clear and people moving.

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“Like any budget decision, individual spend is rightly and properly a matter for local discretion based on local need and circumstance.

“What I can say generally is cuts to local government certainly don’t help the situation.”

A Scottish Government spokesman it had “continued to ensure” that local government received a “fair funding settlement” despite further cuts to the Scottish budget.

Other councils that had overspent included Aberdeen and Highlands council.

A yellow warning has been issued over the next few days with snow and winter conditions expected until after the weekend in Edinburgh and the Lothians.