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In section 27A of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 (which enables the Scottish Ministers to make grants to a local authority in respect of expenditure incurred by the authority for purposes connected with the provision of reports in relation to offenders and with the supervision and care of certain persons subject to supervision or treatment by virtue of court order, enactment or licence or of referral to a local authority in the absence of prosecution), after subsection (1) there is inserted—
“(1A)In a case where two or more local authorities are discharging any function mentioned in section 27(1) or 27ZA of this Act jointly, whether or not in accordance with arrangements made under section 56(5) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (c. 65), the power of the Scottish Ministers to make grants under subsection (1) above in respect of expenditure incurred for the purposes mentioned in paragraph (a) of that subsection includes a power to make such grants, on such conditions as are mentioned in that subsection, to a local authority nominated by the local authorities from among their number.”.
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