Council budget communication and consultation exercise begins

Published Date: 

13 Dec 2013 - 12:01

People across Argyll and Bute are being asked for their views on securing a prosperous future for the area.

Councillor Dick Walsh, Leader of Argyll and Bute Council said:

“2014/15 and 2015/16 will be a period of relative financial stability for the council. The need to make significant savings which has impacted on our budget in previous years does not apply to the same extent in these two years.

However, our funding is projected to drop significantly from 2016 onwards. We’re going to use these two years to plan for delivering services with reduced funding.

Our challenge in securing a prosperous future for Argyll and Bute is to increase our population. It is people who keep communities thriving.

We are working with our community planning partners, such as the Police, Fire and Health service, to achieve the overall outcome of our shared Single Outcome Agreement (SOA) 2013-2023 - that Argyll and Bute’s economic success is built on a growing population.

Our financial planning will be based on achieving the six individual outcomes, set out in the SOA, which will help meet achieve this:  the economy is diverse and thriving; we have infrastructure that supports sustainable growth; education, skills and training maximises opportunities for all; children and young people have the best possible start; people live active, healthier and independent lives; and people live in safer and stronger communities.

Our focus must be on working together with our partners and our communities to support and sustain prosperity for Argyll and Bute.”

An on-line survey asks people about services that impact on their lives and about their views on priorities in securing a prosperous future for the area.

The survey also includes questions about how people would like to receive news and information from the council.

An on-line survey is available until 24 January 2014.