Council parking revenue in Scotland 2014/15 01 Apr 2016

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Scottish councils see parking surplus increase

Local authorities in Scotland made a £36.1 million surplus or ‘profit’ from their parking activities in 2014/15.

This is 6% higher than in the previous financial year when £34 million was reported.

Data analysed by the RAC Foundation shows that between them, the 32 councils had a combined income from their parking activities – charges and penalty income from on- and off-street parking - of £75.4 million.

However the combined cost for councils of running their parking activities was £39.3 million.

Once these costs are subtracted from the income then the surplus (or deficit) is left.

Once again Edinburgh had the biggest surplus (£17.4 million).

It was followed by Glasgow (£11.4 million) and Aberdeen (£4.5 million).

Between them these three local authorities generated 92% of the total net surplus in Scotland.

Of the 32 councils studied:

  • 17 showed a surplus
  • 2 did not provide parking accounts
  • 13 showed a deficit

 

The analysis was carried out for the RAC Foundation by David Leibling. The data studied is that which is returned annually to the Scottish government by local authorities.

Parking income figures are not broken down into their constituent parts so it not possible to see exactly how much is derived from penalty charge notices (PCNs) issued by councils.

This is the full table of Scottish local authority parking surpluses (please note that figures for years prior to 2014/15 have been slightly revised because of accounting changes):

 

Surplus

% change in surplus between 2013/14 and

2014/15

% change in deficit between 2013/14 and

2014/15

2011/

12

2012/

13

2013/

14

2014/

15

£million

 

1

Edinburgh, City of

 14.01

 15.23

 15.30

 17.36

13

 

2

Glasgow City

 6.82

 10.86

 10.31

 11.36

10

 

3

Aberdeen City

 4.32

 4.36

 4.89

 4.51

-8

 

4

Dundee City

 1.35

 0.75

 1.18

 1.20

1

 

5

Perth & Kinross

 1.04

 0.61

 0.71

 0.67

-6

 

6

South Lanarkshire

 0.58

 0.31

 0.46

 0.61

32

 

7

Renfrewshire

 0.71

 0.57

 0.61

 0.52

-15

 

8

Highland

 0.32

 0.24

 0.29

 0.40

40

 

9

Argyll & Bute

 0.43

 0.40

 0.28

 0.33

17

 

10

Fife

 0.55

 0.85

 0.34

 0.30

-11

 

11

East Ayrshire

 0.38

 0.32

 0.23

 0.25

8

 

12

South Ayrshire

 0.05

 0.17

 0.25

 0.25

0

 

13

Moray

 0.36

 0.26

 0.22

 0.24

9

 

14

Stirling

 (0.02)

 (0.08)

 0.15

 0.14

-8

 

15

Aberdeenshire

 0.28

 0.27

 0.24

 0.13

-46

 

16

Falkirk

 0.13

 0.08

 0.14

 0.05

-60

 

17

Shetland Islands

 (0.01)

 (0.01)

 (0.00)

 0.00

 

 

18

East Lothian

 -

 -

 -

 -

 

 

19

North Lanarkshire

 -

 -

 -

 -

 

 

20

Orkney Islands

 0.01

 0.01

 (0.03)

 (0.01)

 

-60

21

Eilean Siar (Hebrides)

 0.01

 0.02

 (0.05)

 (0.05)

 

-6

22

East Renfrewshire

 (0.04)

 (0.12)

 (0.07)

 (0.08)

 

7

23

West Dunbartonshire

 (0.08)

 (0.08)

 (0.08)

 (0.09)

 

8

24

Inverclyde

 -

 -

 (0.09)

 (0.09)

 

8

25

Midlothian

 (0.09)

 (0.08)

 (0.06)

 (0.09)

 

68

26

Clackmannanshire

 (0.05)

 (0.09)

 (0.09)

 (0.10)

 

5

27

West Lothian

 (0.10)

 (0.10)

 (0.14)

 (0.11)

 

-27

28

Angus

 (0.15)

 (0.13)

 (0.16)

 (0.13)

 

-21

29

Dumfries & Galloway

 (0.26)

 (0.27)

 (0.22)

 (0.20)

 

-10

30

Scottish Borders

 (0.11)

 0.17

 (0.21)

 (0.24)

 

15

31

East Dunbartonshire

 (0.06)

 (0.11)

 (0.28)

 (0.33)

 

16

32

North Ayrshire

 (0.25)

 (0.11)

 (0.14)

 (0.67)

 

393

 

Total 

 30.11 

 34.29 

 33.98 

 36.13 

6

 

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