Highland Council’s budget leader has given the P&J exclusive insight into the radical changes the local authority is making to deal with a funding shortfall of more than £30million this year, and further cuts anticipated in the coming years.
Highland Council bosses have warned of a 'challenging scenario' after receiving millions of pounds less in funding than expected.
A recovering alcoholic plans to open up a nightclub with a difference - the first booze free venue in the north-east.
With Highland Council’s reserves down to their lowest level ever and a budget overspend, “there is absolutely no wriggle room to manage significant pressures” warned council budget leader Alister Mackinnon yesterday.
Dingwall parking campaigners have accused Highland Council of a “fait accompli” after it emerged parking meters have already been ordered despite promises of consultation.
Highland Council’s budget leader last night pledged to “catapult” a replacement for a crumbling specialist school into its spending plans if funding is not forthcoming from the Scottish Government.
The Highland’s budget leader is optimistic there is a long-term solution to tackling the authority’s £200 million housing debt after meeting with a senior UK Treasury minister in London yesterday.
Highland Council leader Margaret Davidson and budget leader Alister MacKinnon are in talks with senior UK Government ministers today in a bid to scrap the authority’s £200 million housing debt.