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Argyll and Bute ‘must plan for budget cuts’ - council leader

The Lochgilphead HQ of Argyll and Bute Council: leader Dick Walsh has warned that the area must expect a

The Lochgilphead HQ of Argyll and Bute Council: leader Dick Walsh has warned that the area must expect a "substantial drop" in funding from 2016 onwards.

 

People living in Argyll and Bute have been warned to prepare for a “significant drop” in the funding given to the local council from 2016 onwards.

Launching an online survey on services and spending priorities in the area on Friday, council leader Dick Walsh said that while the authority’s finances were expected to remain relatively stable for the next two years, the same would not be true thereafter.

“2014/15 and 2015/16 will be a period of relative financial stability for the council,” he said.

“The need to make significant savings which has impacted on our budget in previous years does not apply to the same extent in these two years.

“However, our funding is projected to drop significantly from 2016 onwards. We’re going to use these two years to plan for delivering services with reduced funding.

“Our challenge in securing a prosperous future for Argyll and Bute is to increase our population. It is people who keep communities thriving.”

The survey asks people about services that impact on their lives and about their views on priorities in securing a prosperous future for the area, and also includes questions about how people would like to receive news and information from the council.

Click here to complete the survey, which is available until January 24, 2014.

 

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