The following press release was issued this morning to the local newspapers and privately funded adverts will appear in them over the next several days. The full budget paper can be downloaded at the link below. This can still be the subject of change between now and 11 February, the day on which the council budget needs to be agreed. If you have comments or alternative proposals, please feel free to make these.
BUDGET PAPER DOWNLOAD> budget paper 20 january 16
ARGYLL & BUTE COUNCIL
REFORM GROUP PRESS RELEASE
For immediate use
The Reform Group on Argyll & Bute Council (Cllrs Dance, Breslin and Marshall) have been working on an alternative budget for some time and we are now pleased to make this public.
Council officers have still to make some final comments on technical aspects of our budget but we release this now because the broad thrust of our proposals will not alter even if some elements of it do. It is also released now to allow anyone reading it to make comment on it as there is time to amend it before the council meeting on 11 February where the council budget will be agreed.
The council’s Service Choices process is widely accepted as being flawed. Audit Scotland criticised it in their recent Best Value report but the council administration’s budget proposals will be based on that flawed and visionless process. Our view is that their proposals will be damaging to our area.
Our alternative budget proposes radical reform of the council by:
- Decentralising the council to the 4 area committees to the maximum possible extent and thereby making decision making local again as well as service delivery.
- Reducing the corporate management costs of the council by some £1.4m.
- Reducing unnecessary travel to and from Kilmory through decentralisation and a greatly increased use of technology.
- Initiating a ground up review of all budgets from April this year by involving local staff, service users and our customers, the business and people of Argyll & Bute.
- Moving the council over the next year to a position where year on year cuts after that will not be necessary based on current forecasts.
The reduction in funding means we need to save £10m+ in the coming year. Our budget achieves this and the full detail is attached. The contacts for any queries are:
Cllr Michael Breslin
firstname.lastname@example.org 01369 707 165
Cllr Vivien Dance
email@example.com 01436 658 780
Cllr Bruce Marshall
firstname.lastname@example.org 01369 707 154
20 January 2016