Council tax raises £9,467,000
A forecast 3% increase would take in £284,000
Total Central Government support is £83,003,000
A 0.7% real terms increase is £581,000
Therefore the real terms extra funds available for developing the Western Isles after freezing Council Tax is £297,000.
And the next year the shortfall due to a Council tax freeze will be the £284k above, plus £292k for the following year due to compounding, meaning that a 3% increase will actually be totally used up funding the freeze and not in delivering any new services.