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Argyll facing £2.5million budget shortfall

Aileen Morton
Aileen Morton

A £2.5million funding gap for next year is being tackled by Argyll and Bute Council.

The authority is asking the public what their priorities are for its work.

Views are being sought via a consultation that will run from October 10 to November 20. It asks six questions about council services and ideas for making savings.

Council Leader Aileen Morton said: “The majority (80%) of the council’s funding comes from the Scottish Government. We won’t know how much our funding settlement is until the end of the year, but have to set our budget in February 2019.

“We expect to be given a funding allocation for one year only, and at the moment, mid-range estimates indicate that we will have a funding gap of around £2.5million in 2019/20.

“Our challenge is to identify how best to use this reduced funding to invest in the longer term future of Argyll and Bute, as well as in the services that are most vital now.

“Years of having to deliver millions of pounds of savings mean that this challenge becomes more and more difficult to meet.

“As much as it’s possible, we would like to match the budget decisions we make to what matters most to people in Argyll and Bute.

“Therefore, while we wait for confirmation of our funding allocation, we would like to hear from our residents and businesses about their priorities for the year ahead.”

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