Money must be found for decent services
Sir, I was shocked by the situation described in the ‘Budget Strain’ article,
The Oban Times, November 19. If the marker of a civilised society is how it cares for its most vulnerable members, then where does this leave Argyll and Bute Council?
Parents already pushed to the limits by their children’s needs cannot be asked to accept deteriorating school provision for those children. Decent services have to be paid for and I am realistic enough to think that ‘efficiency savings’ and the possible sale of Kilmory Castle are unlikely to be enough. If the council is constrained in what it can do by edict of the Scottish government, then that government must reverse the cap on Council Tax - or find another way.
I do not enjoy paying taxes any more than anyone else, but if that is what it takes to fund the better Scottish society I thought I voted for, then I will do it.
Rosemary A S Firth.