Scotland’s council leaders are seeking a meeting with the Scottish Government to discuss their concerns about the impact on communities of this year’s council budget settlement.
Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, Councillor Robin Currie, said:
“It’s especially in tough times that our communities need council services. And these are tough times – for people dealing for example with the cost of living crisis, and for councils who are working to set their budgets in what has been described as the most difficult budget setting context for years.
We want to work with the Scottish Government to find solutions. We want to keep on delivering services. Communities need council services. Council services need council funding.”
Argyll and Bute Council faces a budget gap of more than £12.2 million in 2023-24 alone, and of more than £54.5 million in 2023-2028.
Council leaders are working together through CoSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) to put the case for local government to the Scottish Government - www.cosla.gov.uk/news/2023/council-leaders-write-to-first-minister-20th-january-2023