Funding and Decision Making

How the Highland Council is Funded

The Council receives the majority of its funding from the Scottish Government, through Aggregate External Finance (AEF). AEF consists of three parts: Revenue Support Grants, Non-Domestic Rates, and Income and Specific Grants. The level of central government support is determined by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, and is distributed by the Finance and Central Services Department of the Scottish Government. The Council obtains additional income through Council Tax, that the council itself sets.


The Highland Council has 4 Service Departments
Care and Learning; Community Services; Corporate Resources and Environment, Development and Infrastructure.


The Chief Executive is Supported by Three Teams

Policy and Reform; Corporate Leadership Support; Communications and Resilience Office


Councillors and Decision Making

The council is made up of publically elected Councillors who are responsible for agreeing policies about provision of services and how money is spent. Councillors make decisions about policies that affect the Highlands as part of committee meetings. The council also employs many staff who cover a wide range of services. Many day-to-day decisions are made directly by staff. Decisions made by council officers that are likely to be politically controversial or affect a particular Ward (area) must be made in consultation with councillors.


The Council co-operates through, and is represented by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA).