What do you believe are the most important parts of the council’s work?
Given the huge range of services we deliver, this is likely to be a difficult question to answer.
With more cuts to our funding expected, it is a question we will have to consider again, when we set the council’s budget for next year.
The majority (80%) of the council’s funding comes from the Scottish Government. We won’t know how much our funding settlement is until the end of the year, but have to set our budget in February 2019.
We expect to be given a funding allocation for one year only, and at the moment, mid-range estimates indicate that we will have a funding gap of around £3.7 million in 2019/20.
Our challenge is to identify how best to use this reduced funding to invest in the longer term future of Argyll and Bute, as well as in the services that are most vital now.
We would like to match the decisions we make as much as possible to what matters most to people in Argyll and Bute.
Therefore, while we wait for confirmation of our funding allocation, we would like to hear from you about your priorities for the year ahead.
We would appreciate you taking a few minutes to reply to this short consultation so that we can involve you in the budget decisions we will reach in February 2019.
The consultation will be open until 20th November 2018.
Councillor Aileen Morton
Leader of Argyll and Bute Council
The role and services of the Council
Our funding is split across these main categories:
Central/non-controllable costs include for example loan charges, landfill tax, energy costs or long term contract costs. (£50,294,128 - 21% of overall budget)
Customer Services and Strategic Finance include for example school and public transport, registrar (births, deaths and marriage) services, HR, IT, legal, property and procurement services, customer support/advice/information services, finance planning and management services. (£34,591,227 - 15% of overall budget)
Development and Infrastructure Services include for example roads, harbour and airport maintenance, refuse collection, planning services, environmental health, business support, economic growth, environmental safety and building standards services. (£22,324,373 - 9% of overall budget)
Education includes our 77 primary schools and 10 secondary schools. (Please note: A proportion of the Education budget is committed to the national requirement to maintain teacher numbers, and is not available to reduce.) (£45,527,467 - 19% of overall budget)
Social work services, now delivered as part of the Health and Social Care Partnership, provide support for vulnerable children and adults. (£56,398,547 - 24% of overall budget)
Here is an example of how our services fit together
Teachers who teach our young people are supported by for example:
- Human Resources, advertising and payroll services to recruit and pay them
- Estates, facility, legal and health and safety services to ensure safe, legally compliant school buildings and working conditions
- Road services to maintain and grit main routes (we grit over 700 miles of roads when freezing conditions are forecast, and maintain around 900 bridges).