CEX update – Budget planning

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Work on planning next year’s budget continues. The budget simulator exercise that we ran recently has closed. This on-line calculator gave people a chance to tell us about their high level priorities for the council’s budget, and to get more insight into the challenges the council faces.

Feedback clearly shows support for councils and the services we provide, with comments made about how difficult it is to make budget decisions, and about the need for fair funding for councils.

Options for increasing income to help fund services will be a key part of our budget planning work. We continue for example to work with CoSLA to campaign nationally for fair funding, and we are considering opportunities in emerging initiatives such as a visitor levy, or the previously mentioned Verity House agreement.

The next steps are for the councillor/officer budget working group to consider findings and their role in budget planning, and for a report to go to the Policy and Resources Committee in October on this and our budget position.

I will keep you up-to-date with progress, and as always, will welcome any suggestions you have for cutting costs or increasing income at workingtogether@argyll-bute.gov.uk

This week’s podcast

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, this Sunday 3rd September, Kilmartin Museum will re-open following a major redevelopment and facilities upgrade. Ahead of the event, I caught up with director and curator, Dr Sharon Webb, about the significance of Kilmartin Glen locally, nationally and internationally, and what the Museum’s new visitor experience offers. To find out more, listen here and see the Kilmartin Museum website.

Have a great weekend.

Pippa

Pippa Milne

Chief Executive