Council saves interest in government deal

The council is set to save £1 million in interest after a way was cleared for it to gain access to cheaper funding.

It has negotiated successfully to be placed on a list of local authorities which can borrow from the government at 0.2 per cent less than standard rates.

Previously, the SIC was unable to apply for inclusion to the so-called Public Works Loans Board (PWLB) certainty rate in time because of its long-running housing debt.

But with that now dealt with a way has been cleared for the SIC to be placed on a list of qualifying authorities.

That should mean the authority can spend more money on services, rather than on interest.

The council now aims to borrow funding for its contribution to the new Anderson High School, and will “externalise” the remaining housing debt at rates estimated to save £1 million over the lifetime of the loan.

SIC chief executive, Mark Boden, welcomed the development. “This is tremendous news, and we’re very grateful for the support we’ve had in resolving the issue, both from our MP [Alistair Carmichael] and the chief secretary [of the Treasury, Danny Alexander].

“The problem was caused by a technicality in the rules governing the scheme, which required a very strong case to be made for an exception, and the support of the relevant ministers.

“This means that a significant sum of money which would otherwise would have had to be spent on interest can now be spent to the benefit of the community.”


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  • Ali Inkster

    • May 18th, 2014 0:41

    We are owed £30 million just what kind of stupid does it take to think that the very folk that owe us the money will now lend it to us is any kind of success. We can not let this idiots carry on any longer. Enough is enough.

  • David Spence

    • May 18th, 2014 19:40

    Council having to borrow monies to do Local Authority duties………I thought this was the whole idea of our taxes and NI contributions……………Geee, silly me……..of course, the biggest rooks in society need to make their profit via the Interest Rates……………and there was me thinking it was because of those idiots taking very high risks which got the whole country into massive debts……and paying the rooks £150 million a day on Interest…………mind you, having the vile Tories in power, it is not surprising Local Authorities are having to take out loans……..the otherwise allocated money (Taxes and alike) has gone towards the politicians in Edinburgh and moreso Westminster’s Parliaments for so-called expenses……..but not declared to the public….allegedly.


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