Consultation goes live on Argyll and Bute cuts plans

Argyll and Bute Council's 'Service Choices' cuts proposals include grassing over all the authority's flower beds - including the ones in Rothesay's Esplanade gardens which have helped the town win the Beautiful Scotland scheme's top award on two separate occasions.
Argyll and Bute Council's 'Service Choices' cuts proposals include grassing over all the authority's flower beds - including the ones in Rothesay's Esplanade gardens which have helped the town win the Beautiful Scotland scheme's top award on two separate occasions.

A public consultation on the list of 146 possible cuts to Argyll and Bute Council jobs and services is now officially under way.

The consultation on the ‘Service Choices’ proposals went live on the council’s website on Friday and runs until the end of the year.

Savings options in the consultation include getting ridof the full-time equivalent of 72 additional support needs assistants in the area’s schools, cutting school clerical assistant posts by 20 per cent and grassing over all flower beds.

The authority wants members of the public to rank each of the 146 suggestions from 1 to 5, based on how strongly they agree or disagree with the proposal.

Taken together the 146 proposals, if implemented, would result in the loss of more than three hundred full-time equivalent (FTE) posts, and the transfer of a further 125 to an arm’s-length charitable trust.

However, leader Dick Walsh has already said that not all the proposals will have to be implemented in order for the authority to bridge an expected budget gap of up to £26 million.

A final decision on service and job cuts will not be taken until the council’s annual budget meeting in February.

You can take part in the consultation via Argyll and Bute Council’s website; hard copies of the consultation will be available at council libraries and ‘customer service points’ - the latter including Eaglesham House in Rothesay - during the week beginning Monday, November 10.