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COSLA: Remove council tax cap so that it is a truly local tax

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has called for the cap on council tax to be scrapped in order to help fill in the financial gap that Scottish councils will face post-Covid.

The cap currently stands at a 3% increase every year, to ensure that household incomes are protected while ensuring local authorities continue to be properly funded.

According to the document, titled Blueprint for Local Government, COSLA states that Scottish councils will face a shortfall of approximately £500m as a result of increased spending and decreased income during lockdown and the months following.

The document also called for the Scottish Government to use Covid as an opportunity to focus on their long term goal of carbon neutrality by 2030 by only investing in projects that will help to deliver that project.

Place-based recovery must be implemented in response to the Coronavirus in order to ensure that the impacts of the virus aren’t unduly exacerbated by a blanket approach to recovery.

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