Argyll and Bute sets its budget for 2015-16

Argyll and Bute Council's Kilmory HQ.
Argyll and Bute Council's Kilmory HQ.

Argyll and Bute Council’s spending plans for the 2015-16 financial year were passed with the minimum of fuss at a meeting in Lochgilphead on Thursday.

The proposals include a commitment to a service review and three-year funding provision of £70,000 to both Bute Advice Centre and the Argyll and Bute Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

Opposition councillors put forward an amendment which suggested setting aside more than £1 million in a ‘schools premium fund’, giving head teachers the power to decide how to spend a sum equivalent to £100 per registered pupil on individual school priorities, and also proposed an amended version of plans to increase the hire charges for the authority’s artificial sports pitches.

But the amendment received only 11 votes, while the budget motion put forward by council leader Dick Walsh attracted the backing of 21 councillors.