Lochcarron budget consultation
Dates have been set for budget events being held at Lochcarron and on Skye by The Highland Council to consult with the public over spending priorities between 2015 - 2019 during which time the Council has to find savings of an estimated £63 million.
The forums are being held on:
The forums are part of a series of 13 events being held throughout the Highlands by the Council.
The forums will also include the first stage of public consultation on the Customer Service Review (including Service Points) agreed at the Council meeting in March. Feedback from the public and focus groups will help shape the Council’s budget setting priorities.
Councillor Maxine Smith, the Council’s Budget Leader and new Chair of the Resources Committee, said: “The Council is keen to raise awareness of the implications of the budget constraints and importantly to engage with our communities to identify the services they want to protect and retain. It is vitally important therefore that communities participate in the local consultations to help identify which areas must be protected. I would really encourage people to come along and have their say.”
The themes of the budget events are:
Members of the public attending the budget forums will also be given information about:
There will be a further consultation from mid-September to early November, involving the Council’s Citizens’ Panel of 2,700 adults and see the creation of a new Communities’ Panel to consult with as well. This new Panel will be drawn from groups representing communities across the Highlands, including community councils, other established community groups including those representing people with disabilities. An on-line survey for others interested will be also be available. These surveys will be developed from the consultation responses from stage one and would have a greater focus on specific proposals with detailed projections of savings and impacts.
Services are currently undertaking consultation with staff across the organisation to identify savings that can be considered for inclusion in the budget strategy and the outcomes will be fed into phase 1. Further consultation will then take place with unions and staff, as part of phase 2 consideration of detailed proposals.
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