Funding battles not over for Achievement Bute

Concerns over funding led to a rally in support of Achievement Bute in Guildford Square on March 24, 2015.
Concerns over funding led to a rally in support of Achievement Bute in Guildford Square on March 24, 2015.

The chairperson of local charity Achievement Bute has warned that the organisation’s fight to put its vital services on a sustainable financial footing is far from over.

Shona Laughland was speaking at the charity’s AGM this week - at the end of a year dominated by a fraught battle for the money the organisation needs to fund the care services it provides for families on Bute.

After months of uncertainty, caused by changes in the way care services are funded under new Scottish legislation on self-directed support, a deal was struck with Argyll and Bute Council in late March to continue funding the service - just days before it was due to cease.

Ms Laughland told this week’s meeting: “We’ve had a kind of reprieve - the council agreed to give us top-up funding until 2017.

“But there are still some financial difficulties around our counselling service. We will have to continue thinking about the way we operate, because things are going to have to change.”