Council proposals would cut £6.7m from current budget

Council proposals would remove £6.7m from the budget.

THE DETAILS OF Moray Council’s budget plans will be revealed to the public tomorrow morning, it has been announced following today’s closed-door budget meeting.

Councillors have approved a raft of cost-saving measures that will go out to public consultation at that time – and, if agreed, the proposals would reduce the Council’s budget by just over £6.7million.

Despite that, funding will still need to be taken from Council reserves to bridge the estimated £15million hole in the local authority budget for 2018/19. Further savings will also still have to be found for the following year. If no action is taken the council could be facing a £23 million gap in its budget at that stage.

Speaking after the meeting the Leader of Moray Council, Councillor George Alexander, urged people to become involved in what he described as an important discussion topic for residents of Moray.

He said: “Moray Council is eager to communicate with the public about the budget proposals being released. I hope what we are putting out will give our communities the opportunity to discuss and put forward their views.

“Unfortunately, due to the financial situation the council faces, savings must be maintained at the level which is being proposed. We are keen to hear alternative options for savings and welcome the input of other fully-funded alternatives to what is being suggested.

“We know that this is not a pleasant announcement to be making at this time of year, but we have to set a balanced budget by February 14 – no proposals will be confirmed until then, and any changes in practice will not take effect until the new financial year.”

Information on the proposals will be live on the council’s website and social media on Tuesday morning, with hard copies available at Access Points and libraries shortly after. Inside, as well as proposals, will be details on how people can have their say on the forthcoming budget. Responses have to be received by midnight on January 14.

Details of Scottish council’s grant allocation from the government will be made public on December 14.