The Oban Times & WEST HIGH­LAND TIMES

Es­tab­lished 1861 No 8216

The Oban Times - - Letters -

The coun­cil’s pro­posal for bud­get cuts have now gone out to pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, with the lo­cal author­ity plan­ning to make sav­ings of £18 mil­lion over the next two years, with fur­ther sav­ings in fu­ture years to make up an es­ti­mated £26 mil­lion short­fall.

It is an un­en­vi­able task that Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil is faced with, thanks to dras­ti­cally re­duced gov­ern­ment fund­ing and the fact that were they to in­crease coun­cil tax, they would lose out on what lit­tle gov­ern­ment fund­ing is avail­able.

There are no win­ners in this sit­u­a­tion, but it is im­por­tant that ev­ery­one en­gage in this cru­cial de­bate about ser­vices and how they will af­fect peo­ple – our el­derly, our chil­dren, and the vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of our com­mu­ni­ties. So speak up and make your voice heard.

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