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Budget proposals for 2019/20 financial year

Press Release   •   Jan 24, 2019 08:45 GMT

A range of measures to get the Council closer to balancing its budget for 2019/20 were debated by councillors yesterday.

The measures will reduce the council’s budget deficit by approximately £2m, with work continuing over the coming month to find another £5m to reach a balanced budget position on 27 February.

Subject to consultation with staff affected, the measures are expected to lead to a reduction of over 110 posts across a range of services as the Council’s responsibilities and priorities go through a major period of change.

Full details on our website here

Speaking after the meeting, Chief Executive of Moray Council, Roddy Burns, said:

“This is the latest phase of a planned approach to the council’s budget.

“Final decisions on these and other service reductions will be made when the council sets its budget on February 27, after consultation with staff affected. Like many other councils in Scotland, Moray Council has to find significant savings in order to fulfil our legal obligation and set a balanced budget. In our case we have to reduce our £214 million annual spend by £14.8 million for the coming financial year.

“Previously approved savings of £5.9 million and a Health and Social Care increase of £1.4 million - funded through the local government settlement from the Scottish Government -leaves a balance of £7.4 million savings to be found. If approved, the savings proposed in this report will reduce that outstanding total.

“There should be no doubt that most of the proposals are made on purely financial grounds.

“In the main they are not efficiency savings and do not represent levels of service that would be ordinarily suggested.

“However, finding these savings in addition to the £9.7 million already agreed and proposed will be a significant challenge for the council.”

The Leader of Moray Council, Cllr Graham Leadbitter, wrote to Finance Minister Derek Mackay at the start of the year setting out Moray’s financial position.

Areas where efficiencies, service reductions and increased charges proposed include:

  • Closing the remaining public toilets
  • Closing some six libraries and reducing opening hours of others
  • Increasing charges for harbour users by 10%, music instruction to £699, and burial fees for non-residents
  • Removing the remaining school crossing patrollers,
  • Reducing the community warden service, grass and roads winter gritting and maintenance programmes,
  • Charging for out-of-zone school transport,
  • Removing the Active Schools and sports development service, and Essential Skills programme
  • Reduction of Devolved School Management budgets (DSM) and increasing class size thresholds in P2 and P3
  • Relocation of Auchernack Access Point in Forres to Forres House Community Centre
  • Closure of two pools, Keith and Lossiemouth subject to securing increased usage
  • Reduce street sweeping
  • Introduction of new car parking charges in some towns across

Full details are here: http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_119975.html

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.  

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