Inveraray by Tim Berrall

CEX update – campaigning for Argyll and Bute

Lobbying for support to meet Argyll and Bute’s particular needs is a theme that runs through the council’s priorities. And it has been in evidence this week – as you may be aware, the council secured more funding from the Scottish Government which means it is now in a position to consider freezing council tax.

In brief, the Scottish Government has confirmed additional funding of around £6.26m. Some of this depends on freezing council tax. £2.3 million of it is support for dealing with the impact of the severe weather that Argyll and Bute had to face in October 2023. You can read more on the website.

A special Council meeting will take place on 15 April for councillors to consider the new financial position and decide from there.

This is raising questions about what this means for people’s council tax payments. You can find information about that too on the website.

Teams backgrounds

And talking of supporting Argyll and Bute – thanks to some talented employees, we have new photos for use as backgrounds in Microsoft Teams meetings. These photos feature #abplace2b, the hashtag we use as part of our campaign to highlight reasons for living, working and investing in Argyll and Bute.

If you use Microsoft Teams, please have a look at the new Argyll and Bute scenes you can now choose from as your Teams background, and help raise awareness of #abplace2b. And congratulations and thanks to everyone who took such great photos!

As always, if you have questions about anything I’ve talked about here, you are very welcome to contact me at

Have a lovely weekend.


Pippa Milne

Chief Executive