Argyll and Bute Council begins budget consultation

Argyll and Bute Council’s budget consultation will run from Monday October 10 to Friday, November 25, and they would like to hear from the public about the council services which are important to them.

Although the council will not set the budget until February, this consultation allows councillors the opportunity to hear from as many people across the area as possible.

You will be able to take part in the consultation online, by attending one of the community planning events (details to be announced), or by filling in one of the postcards which will be locally available and putting it in the suggestion box provided.

Speaking on the consultation, Argyll and Bute Council Leader Dick Walsh said, “Your council manages its finances well. However, we know we are going to receive less funding this year and in future years from the Scottish Government. This combined with additional demand pressures from new legislation and from changes in our population mean that we have to look long and hard at the services we offer.

“I am proud of the high standard of service offered by your council but we know that we won’t be able to provide all the services we did previously. We also know that there will be changes to the way other services are delivered. Last year was the first year we ran a budget consultation and the feedback from communities helped us in the way we structured this year’s budget.

“This year the council will again have to take very difficult decisions regarding the way we deliver our services. I would encourage as many people as possible to get involved.

“It’s only by telling us what services are important to you that we can realise our potential together and take the decisions that will have the least impact on people’s lives.”