Public asked which services to axe

Dumfries and Galloway Council is set to ask the public which services it should axe in budget cuts.

The council says it is currently facing significant financial challenges due to the reduction in funding from the Scottish Government.

It now plans to hold a series of meetings where the public will be consulted on which services will go and which will stay.

A statement from the council said: “Through our hard hitting budget measures we have already managed to save £52m since 2012. We have done this by reviewing services, rationalising jobs and reducing staff costs, reducing energy and transport costs, and rationalising our buildings.

“However, this is not enough. We warned in a Full Council report in June to expect further financial cutbacks and that key factors would influence future financial challenges; particularly the Scottish Government’s spending review and budget, details of which should be available around December this year.

“The report stressed that it was important to recognise that commitments made by the Scottish Government to protect certain areas such as Health and Policing are expected to result in further, potentially significant cash reductions for non-protected areas. Because of this we anticipate that we need to find another £20m of savings in 2017/18.”

There was a consultation event held on Thursday 29 September, at the DG Customer Services - Newton Stewart. There are other events on Friday 30 September, 3pm to 5pm, DG Customer Services - Castle Douglas; Monday 3 Oct 11am to 1pm Glenluce Village Hall; Wed 5 Oct 1pm to 3pm Kirkconnel Resource Base.