Published: 18/03/2014 13:33 - Updated: 18/03/2014 13:41

Moray Council sticks with Cosla

COSLAMORAY Council has stepped back from quitting Cosla over a £4 million dispute.

Instead members unanimously agreed to take every opportunity to lobby finance secretary John Swinney to apply the funding formula that would see the local authotity benefit financially.

The Scottish Government put forward a revised plan that would see Moray coffers increase by £4.27 million in revenue and £225,000 of capital funding for the year 2015/16.

However, Cosla leaders voted against the proposals as Labour members followed a party whip to reject the move.

Of all the 32 local authorities in Scotland, Moray will see the largest percentage funding loss of all if the decision is not reversed.

Six councils have already handed in their 12 month notice to leave the organisations, although some have indicated the move to quit would depend on the result of a further vote next month that could see the new funding formula adopted.

For the full story see Friday’s edition of the Northern Scot newspaper.

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