Bud­get process a ‘sham’

The Oban Times - - News -

AN OBAN coun­cil­lor has con­demned the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s an­nual bud­get con­sul­ta­tion, claim­ing it was a ‘sham’.

Coun­cil­lor Julie McKen­zie, of Oban North and Lorn, has been vo­cal on so­cial me­dia on the con­sul­ta­tion.

Ms McKen­zie was part of the SNP ad­min­is­tra­tion op­po­si­tion group who ap­proved the ques­tions in the Argyll and Bute Coun­cil pa­pers on Thurs­day Novem­ber 24 but wanted to make clear it was a ‘sur­vey’ rather than con­sul­ta­tion. Mrs McKen­zie told The Oban Times: ‘The con­sul­ta­tion is a sham.’

On so­cial me­dia Mrs McKen­zie said: ‘Con­sul­ta­tion is a com­plete mis­nomer for this ridicu­lous sur­vey!

‘It’s no more than a box tick­ing ex­er­cise by the cur­rent coun­cil ad­min­is­tra­tion to al­low them to place blame for cuts choices with the pub­lic when they an­nounce the bud­get in Fe­bru­ary.

‘If it’s any­thing like last year they will know ex­actly which vi­tal ser­vices they are cut­ting al­ready.’

Last week Argyll and Bute Coun­cil told The Oban Times: ‘The con­sul­ta­tion started at the end of Novem­ber and fin­ished on Jan­uary 9.

‘It is too early to re­port on the num­ber of re­sponses we have re­ceived as we are still in the process of gath­er­ing the find­ings from a range of sources, in­clud­ing our li­braries, cus­tomer ser­vice points, the coun­cil web­site and those which have been re­turned by post.

‘We would like to thank every­one who took time to re­spond.’

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