Cash boost barely dents bud­get cuts

The Oban Times - - News -

WESTERN Isles Coun­cil has wel­comed news that £160 mil­lion will be re­turned to lo­cal gov­ern­ment, but has said that coun­cils will still be hard pressed to find cuts.

Com­ment­ing on the re­cent an­nounce­ment, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Leader coun­cil­lor An­gus Camp­bell said: ‘It is to be wel­comed that the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, in reach­ing agree­ment with the Scot­tish Green Party, has re­vised its pro­posed bud­get.

‘How­ever, it has to be re­mem­bered that we had been re­quired to find sav­ings of £4.4mil­lion, so with the ad­di­tional £990,000 rev­enue fund­ing as a re­sult of this agree­ment, the re­quired sav­ings are now £3.3m. There is also an ad­di­tional £ 350,000 of capital which again is a wel­come mit­i­gat­ing move but there is no doubt this re­mains an ex­tremely chal­leng­ing pe­riod for lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.’

To view the pa­pers head to www.cne-siar.gov.uk/ com­mit­tees/ bud­gets/in­dex.asp

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