Argyll and Bute Council news round up - 22nd February 2019

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The responsible budget set for 2019/20

“The challenges we face are substantial. We need to have the ambition, the determination and the drive to do more than just survive, to do more than just protect the existence of this council and its essential services.

“Setting a responsible budget for Argyll and Bute is about making choices that support people and communities now, and also look after the future of Argyll and Bute – and that’s what we’ve done.”

These were the words of Councillor Aileen Morton, Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, following the budget-setting meeting today (21 February).

“Over the past nine years we have had to make £50million in savings, and this year had to deal with a funding gap of nearly £8m. If this pattern of never-ending cuts carries on, then the continued existence of local authorities – to be blunt – is questionable.

“Cuts mean that we have had to make tough decisions about even the most valued council services.

“Today, as much as possible, we have protected vital services, we have listened to the views of local people and we have invested in building a successful future for Argyll and Bute.

“This – in the circumstances – is the best budget for Argyll and Bute. This is the responsible budget for Argyll and Bute.”

Councillor Gary Mulvaney, Depute Leader and Policy Lead for Strategic Finance, set out the council’s approach to making its funding work for Argyll and Bute.

He said: “The scale of the cuts that local government has faced in recent years means that now, when it comes to making savings, we’re looking at our very heart, our very core business.

Read more here 

Did you know?

Wednesday 20 February was National Adult Protection Day. Everyone has a right to live their life safe from harm. We can all do our bit to look after each other, especially those in the community who are more vulnerable.

We understand that sometimes you might worry about intruding on other people’s privacy or subjecting another person to unfair accusations. But our message is simple – If you are being harmed or if you are worried that someone you know is being harmed or neglected please tell someone. The different services that exist to support and protect people can only act when they know that someone may be at risk. For more information visit: www.actagainstharm.org

News

Mull student gains industry recognised qualification: An S3 pupil from Tobermory High School has become the first student in Argyll and Bute to achieve an industry recognised qualification that’s aimed specifically at teaching staff.

Council and police sheep worrying campaign shared at Holyrood: Successful partnership working between Argyll and Bute Council and Police Scotland, which secured a conviction following a horrific livestock attack last year, has led to improved working practices which could be shared throughout Scotland.

Dunoon pupils take a large bite of success in national sandwich competition: A team of budding young entrepreneurs from Dunoon Grammar School will see a tasty sandwich they created being sold in over 100 fast food stores across the West of Scotland, after winning a national competition organised by Subway.

Improvement work at Cardross Crematorium: Major work being carried out at Cardross Crematorium will lead to improved access, as well as providing better toilet facilities.

Important notice regarding ‘safety guidelines’: We have had reports that a company called www.safetyguide.co.uk is trying to sell safety guides to local businesses, saying that the guides will be going to help local schools.

Dunoon language students visit international exporter: A group of S4 French pupils from Dunoon Grammar School had an interesting day out when they were invited along to PG Paper’s head office in Greenock.

Consultations

There are no open consultations at the moment.

Work with us

How would you like to spend your lunch hour leisurely strolling along a beach or taking a bike ride through beautiful scenery?

Well, here in Argyll and Bute you can. What's more, we have a variety of jobs up for grabs. We're looking for a Head of Finance and Transformation; Economic Growth Officer; Teachers, Admin Assistants; Cleaners; Outreach Workers and lots more.

Find out about these, and other roles, at MyJob Scotland. 

Next edition

We will issue our next news round-up on Friday 1 March 2019.