A re­port to Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s Pol­icy and Re­sources Com­mit­tee

The Oban Times - - Letters -

makes for grim read­ing this week, hav­ing been up­dated to show that the fund­ing gap in the coun­cil’s bud­get is now ex­pected to be ‘ be­tween £18.2 mil­lion and £ 39.9 mil­lion, with a gap of be­tween £ 4 mil­lion and £13.1 mil­lion in 2017-18’.

The coun­cil will not know what money it is to re­ceive from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment un­til De­cem­ber, but re­gard­less of what the fi­nal sum is, it will mean some very hard choices for the coun­cil, which is caught be­tween a rock and a hard place. This is why it is im­por­tant that Ar­gyll res­i­dents con­tact their lo­cal coun­cil­lor to have their say on ser­vices and how and where cut­backs could be made.

Last night Oban coun­cil­lors held a surgery in the Cor­ran Halls to meet con­cerned con­stituents. It is im­por­tant that we all en­gage with the coun­cil – they work for us but we can’t com­plain about de­ci­sions they make if we don’t talk to them about is­sues and ser­vices that are im­por­tant to us so they can make in­formed choices.

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