Protest outside council HQ as budget meeting begins

Muir of Ord mothers Tracy Underwood, Angela Budge and Natalie Shearer protest outside Highland Council's headquarters ahead of the local authority's budget meeting.
Muir of Ord mothers Tracy Underwood, Angela Budge and Natalie Shearer protest outside Highland Council's headquarters ahead of the local authority's budget meeting.

A small group of mothers held a protest outside the Highland Council’s headquarters this morning as the local authority met to agree its budget.

Brandishing placards saying “No more cuts”, the three women said they were concerned about the scale of potential cuts to education over the next four years.

The council will be asked today to agree £42million of cuts. They still have to find a further £14million between 2016-19.

Angela Budge, Tracy Underwood and Natalie Shearer, who are all from Muir of Ord and have children at Tarradale Primary School, said they were not happy at the effects on education.

Ms Shearer said: “There are so many other areas they could take money from that won’t affect education.

“A small parking charge could be introduced at Dingwall to raise some money.”

And all three felt that changes were needed to Gaelic medium education.

Ms Underwood said: “The fact that children get taxis from their home to Gaelic schools when there is a bus available doesn’t make sense.”

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