Published: 09/02/2018 10:56 - Updated: 09/02/2018 11:00

Council reveal proposed budget cuts

Moray CouncilMORAY Council have released their proposed savings for the 2018/19 budget.

The proposals which include an increase in council tax, closure or community asset transfer of town halls and amendments to waste collection will be discussed by councillors at a meeting on Wednesday.

The paper states that it is “difficult times financially” for local authorities, as Moray Council looks to cut £6.4 million.

Reserves of £4.3 million will be used to help the council balance the budget.

The paper reads: “We are developing long term plans setting out how we will meet the ongoing requirement to significantly reduce our revenue spending.

“Our financial, workforce, asset and transformational plans are key to the delivery of our priorities and we recognise that this will mean investment in some areas and scaling down in others.”

Council officers have recommended that councillors approve an increase of three per cent on council tax for 2018/19, subject to the Scottish Budget being approved by the Scottish Parliament on February 21.

Further proposed cuts include the closure or community asset transfer of Dufftown Community Centre and Cullen Community Centre saving £50,000 in the next two years.

Town halls in Elgin, Forres, Findochty, Cullen, The Fisherman’s Hall and Longmore Hall are also proposed to be closed unless a community group takes over the running of the facility.This is expected to save £229,000 over the next two years.

There are also proposed changes to waste collection with a three weekly collection for residual waste proposed saving £100,000.

Within the council 89 jobs will be removed as a result of budget proposals with it anticipated that up to 45 compulsory redundancies will be required. Others may be redeployed or reduced hours will be available.

Other proposed savings listed in the papers include reduction in school transport, reduction in school library services, and the removal of school crossing patrols during lunchtimes.

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