The BID levy cannot be used for subsidising or replacing statutory services such as litter collection and the emptying of council litter bins – these are statutory services the council are legally required to provide.
Local authorities and other statutory bodies are only required to provide statutory services such as road and footway maintenance, litter bins, street sweeping, road and footway lighting. They are not required to deliver projects or services such as free recycling service, social spaces, directory board signage, security improvement grants, safety & security projects, grit bins or business events.
To ensure that projects and services are additional to statutory services local authorities, Police Scotland and other statutory bodies are required to provide details of their baseline services and these form part of the Baseline Services Agreement. The baseline services are normally benchmarked at the beginning of the BID and monitored throughout the term of the BID.