Communities across Moray may be asked to step up once again and take on more services as the local authority seeks to make savings of around £8 million.
Moray Council is due to host a debate later this week to discuss ways in which the cash-strapped authority can streamline its services to deliver better value for money.
The full-council meeting comes ahead of further meetings next month to finalise the local authority’s budget, with savings of around £8 million required.
On Wednesday, council representatives will discuss ways in which £600,000 can be saved through reviews of services currently being undertaken.
Methods to make the savings include streamlining telephone book entries, reviewing current contracts, restructuring the council’s transportation department and deleting a vacant post in the building standards department.
Councils across Scotland have faced intense pressure to make ends meet in recent years, with tough decisions being made on ways in which to save money.
Moray Council ranked in second spot for the highest number of job cuts as efforts were made to make savings between September 2018 and September 2019.
Of the 500 total posts cut by local authorities across the nation, Moray Council shed 120 full-time equivalent posts, second only to Highland Council who cut 290 jobs.
The revelation led to calls being made to Scottish Government ministers to protect council budgets during the upcoming budget allocation.