FINDINGS on Moray Council’s £30 million budget cutting consultation will be outlined at a meeting tonight.
Members of the focus groups that were used to shape the model for the exercise - which included public exhibitions, workshops and online interactive activities - have been invited to hear the outcomes at an event in Elgin Town Hall this evening.
Council convener Stewart Cree, and the leader of the council Allan Wright, will address the groups.
"This consultation was a major undertaking by the council, and we wanted to ensure we tailored it to what Moray folk would respond to," said Councillor Cree.
"Thanks to the input from these focus groups it became the most comprehensive one of its kind in Scotland, and judging by the responses we have had during our three-month consultation it was well worth it.
"The public have engaged with us on the important subject like never before, and we are extremely grateful to everyone who took the time to take part."
Councillor Wright, who chairs the local authority’s policy and resources committee, said the task ahead was extremely daunting.
"No-one wants to cut services to this degree, but that is the position we are in."
He added: "It was therefore vital we understood from the public what services they valued most, and the focus groups helped enormously in this regard."
See Friday’s ‘Northern Scot’ newspaper for a full report on the meeting.