Money must be found for de­cent ser­vices

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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