Submission Documents: Motion by Councillor Philip Braat:- "Council notes that currently the forecast Budget gap for 2023/24 is 119.4million; that this is the highest single year gap faced by this Council; that since 2013/14 this Council has delivered savings of over 300million; and that the Scottish Government Resource Spending Review published earlier this year indicated real terms cuts to Local Government budgets prior to the challenges caused by the chaos of the current Conservative Government. Council believes that this situation is unsustainable; it is to the direct detriment of the services that our citizens rely on; and continues to place extraordinary pressure on all staff across the Council who continue to strive to deliver for the citizens they serve. Council further notes that the only locally set Tax, Council Tax, accounts for just 18% of the Council's budget. Therefore, Council believes that the onus for meeting the larger part of the 2023/24, and subsequent years, deficit falls to the Scottish and UK Governments working together. Council notes that neither Government operates a fixed budget, and that each has - to varying degrees - the flexibility to increase the resources available to them through taxation. Council believes that this Council must speak with one voice in demanding a fairer funding settlement from our two Governments and in advocating for the further redistribution of wealth to support and protect vital front-line services. Council additionally believes that investments in Local Government reduce reactive spending elsewhere in the public sector, and that this must be recognised in the Scottish Government's budget. Council therefore reiterates its support for the principle that Local Authorities should have the ability to implement 'ad hoc' revenue raising measures that fit their local circumstances, and commits to developing a Team Glasgow approach to build the case for Glasgow in the face of these extraordinary challenges, noting the commitment in the Council's strategic plan to "work with a broad range of partners, including the Trade Unions, the Third Sector and others, to build the case for greater funding for Glasgow from both Scottish and UK Governments." Council resolves to write to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the First Minister of Scotland, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Finance in these terms." Help Icon

This is the list of documents available for the submission Motion by Councillor Philip Braat:- "Council notes that currently the forecast Budget gap for 2023/24 is 119.4million; that this is the highest single year gap faced by this Council; that since 2013/14 this Council has delivered savings of over 300million; and that the Scottish Government Resource Spending Review published earlier this year indicated real terms cuts to Local Government budgets prior to the challenges caused by the chaos of the current Conservative Government. Council believes that this situation is unsustainable; it is to the direct detriment of the services that our citizens rely on; and continues to place extraordinary pressure on all staff across the Council who continue to strive to deliver for the citizens they serve. Council further notes that the only locally set Tax, Council Tax, accounts for just 18% of the Council's budget. Therefore, Council believes that the onus for meeting the larger part of the 2023/24, and subsequent years, deficit falls to the Scottish and UK Governments working together. Council notes that neither Government operates a fixed budget, and that each has - to varying degrees - the flexibility to increase the resources available to them through taxation. Council believes that this Council must speak with one voice in demanding a fairer funding settlement from our two Governments and in advocating for the further redistribution of wealth to support and protect vital front-line services. Council additionally believes that investments in Local Government reduce reactive spending elsewhere in the public sector, and that this must be recognised in the Scottish Government's budget. Council therefore reiterates its support for the principle that Local Authorities should have the ability to implement 'ad hoc' revenue raising measures that fit their local circumstances, and commits to developing a Team Glasgow approach to build the case for Glasgow in the face of these extraordinary challenges, noting the commitment in the Council's strategic plan to "work with a broad range of partners, including the Trade Unions, the Third Sector and others, to build the case for greater funding for Glasgow from both Scottish and UK Governments." Council resolves to write to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the First Minister of Scotland, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Finance in these terms.".

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