Help us Drop the Debt!
Scottish local government is spending the equivalent of 44p in every £1 of council tax collected from Scottish residents on servicing debt liabilities – Unite estimates that 10p of this in every pound derives from outstanding pre-devolution liabilities.
Unite is calling for an amnesty on all pre-devolution council debts owed to the UK Treasury.
There is precedence for this action. In 2001 the UK Treasury offered to write-off the housing debt accrued by councils if they transferred their homes into housing associations.
An amnesty would create much needed breathing space in extremely pressurised Scottish local government revenue budgets, potentially saving hundreds of millions of pounds and thousands of jobs.
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