£ 10m cuts

Ayrshire Post - - Front Page - SARAH HILLEY

Bru­tal cuts of £ 10mil­lion to coun­cil ser­vices are be­ing kept un­der wraps un­til next year in South Ayr­shire.

A con­sul­ta­tion on the cuts is due to kick off in Jan­uary as fi­nance bosses scram­ble to make sav­ings.

Bru­tal £ 10mil­lion cuts to coun­cil ser­vices in South Ayr­shire were be­ing kept un­der wraps un­til next year.

A con­sul­ta­tion on the culls is due to kick off in Jan­uary as fi­nance bosses scram­ble to make sav­ings.

The Scottish Gov­ern­ment an­nounced its coun­cil bud­get pro­pos­als this week – giv­ing lo­cal au­thor­i­ties the heads- up on what money to ex­pect.

The coun­cil said it is fac­ing a £ 10.8m short­fall in fund­ing for next year.

Coun­cil leader, the SNP’s Dou­glas Camp­bell, said: “At this stage we are still seek­ing clar­ity on how the bud­get an­nounce­ment im­pacts on coun­cil spend­ing.”

He said res­i­dents will get the chance to have their say on the cuts be­fore they hap­pen.

He added: “Of­fi­cers are still work­ing on this year’s sav­ings pro­pos­als.”

The paper on the bud­get went be­fore full coun­cil last Thurs­day.

Tory coun­cil­lor, Hugh Hunter, said: “I am con­cerned about the time taken to get the pro­posal for sav­ings.

“I have asked for it for some time. We still haven’t got the sav­ings pro­pos­als. It is dif­fi­cult to make head­way on the bud­get.

“I would ask of­fi­cers to bring for­ward these sav­ing pro­pos­als very quickly in­deed.”

Coun­cil­lor Camp­bell said of­fi­cers are ad­dress­ing the worstcase sce­nario but the level of sav­ings needed is not clear yet.

So far coun­cil­lors Camp­bell and Peter Hen­der­son have only been in­volved in the con­sul­ta­tion.

A paper pre­sented to coun­cil­lors said of­fi­cers have “been tasked with iden­ti­fy­ing sav­ings within each direc­torate in or­der to pro­vide a range of sav­ings op­tions for the coun­cil to con­sider”.

The paper said the coun­cil will face con­tin­u­ous cuts.

It said: “There is a sig­nif­i­cant cli­mate of un­cer­tainty in lo­cal gov­ern­ment fund­ing and the full im­pli­ca­tions of the var­i­ous fac­tors are un­clear how­ever what is clear is that lo­cal gov­ern­ment faces a con­tin­ued squeeze on re­sources.”

It is dif­fi­cult to make head­way on the bud­get.

Coun­cil leader The SNP’s Dou­glas Camp­bell

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