ASN cuts plan dumped from Argyll and Bute ‘service choices’

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

Argyll and Bute Council has scrapped the idea of slashing additional support needs staff numbers in the area’s schools.

Members of the council voted on Thursday to remove the savings option, which would have cut the full-time equivalent of 72 ASN posts, from the authority’s Service Choices budget consultation.

A spokesperson for Argyll and Bute Parents Against Council Cuts, a pressure group set up to campaign on the issue, said: “We have all been incredibly stressed and upset by this entire experience.”

More than 140 savings options remain in the Service Choices consultation across all areas of the council’s operation: proposals on which the public’s views are currently being sought include cuts of 20 per cent to school office staff numbers, getting rid of all secondary school librarians, and replacing flower beds with areas of grass. axeing funding to local advice services,

The Service Choices public consultation - which can be found by clicking here - runs until December 31.