£ 10m cuts
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