CEX Update: service-saving budget set

Councillors today set the council’s budget for next year. Its focus is on saving council services. The council faced a £10 million budget gap for running services, and a gap of nearly £30 million pounds in the capital budget for infrastructure. After years of making multi-million pound savings, and given the demands for council support, […]

CEX Update – working together

With the focus on budget limitations that this time of year especially brings, it can be easy to lose sight of the great and often amazing work that goes on across the council. Yesterday’s Policy and Resources Committee highlighted why councils are so crucial in the lives of their communities. Housing support, addressing climate change, […]

CEX update – getting decisions right

Budget planning work continues, as the council prepares to set its budget on 22nd February. Reports outlining the council’s budget position, and possible measures to bridge gaps in our budgets for running services (revenue budget) and for infrastructure (capital budget) will be discussed at next week’s Policy and Resources Committee. You can read them on […]

CEX update – making a difference

Loch Long

You do a job that matters. You make a difference to people’s lives. And while there are obviously challenges to meet, our communities will go on needing their council and the services we provide together. As we start a new year, it’s important to remember that. It’s important to focus not only on the issues […]

CEX update – Happy Christmas

Highland Cow by Anita Goldie

You may have seen that the Scottish Government announced their budget this week. COSLA has received the budget settlement and have issued a statement. You can read this on their website. We don’t know what the implications are for Argyll and Bute yet. We’ll issue more details in the New Year. It’s been an incredibly […]

CEX update – Growing Argyll and Bute


To function and thrive an area obviously needs enough people and skills to support its economy, and deliver the services and community resources its residents want. The national Census findings were issued recently, and show that Argyll and Bute’s population is still falling and ageing. Growing the population continues to be one of the priorities […]

CEX update -Working together

Image features three women at a desk with an open laptop.

Scotland’s councils are coming together this week to discuss key issues that affect us all. We regularly work together through CoSLA. In addition to that, over yesterday and today, we are considering challenges and opportunities such as: As well as outcomes for specific issues, a key thing that comes from group discussions like this is […]

CEX update – Budget planning

Oban Bay

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 […]

CEX update -Working together

Connect for Success

Councils will continue to play vital roles in the lives of our communities and areas, whatever change national reform or financial challenge bring. Councils alone however cannot deliver everything their area needs. Working in partnership is becoming more and more important in making things happen. Developing partnership working is one of the strands of our […]