Public consultation on budget plans

Dumfries and Galloway Council has agreed to release the administration’s draft 2014/15 budget proposals for public consultation.

Council leader Ronnie Nicholson said: “I am happy to consult with the people of Dumfries and Galloway on our draft budget. We set out plans to invest £1.5 million over the next three years to create 400 job opportunities for young people and the long-term unemployed.

“We also aim to deliver the ‘living wage’ for 500 of the lowest paid workers in the private and third sectors. Along with increased funding for social work, this draft budget shows that our coalition is determined to protect the most vulnerable in our community.”

Brian Collins, depute leader, added: “No one group has a monopoly on ideas. We have chosen to consult with the people of our region and we want them to bring us their views and ideas.

“We deliberately built in flexibility to our draft budget so that alternatives could be considered. We are committed to take forward any reasonable suggestions prior to finalising our budget in February 2014.”

There are a number of ways that the public can take part in the budget consultation process.

The budget documents and survey are available at and they are also available at local libraries and customer service centres.

Meetings to discuss the proposals have been arranged across the region on the following dates.

Stewartry area: Monday, January 13, 6.30pm, Castle Douglas Town Hall.

Nithsdale area: Tuesday, January 14, 6.30pm, George Street Hall, Dumfries.

Annandale and Eskdale area: Wednesday, January 15, 6.30pm, Annan Town Hall.

Wigtown area: Thursday, January 16, 7pm, Glenluce Village Hall.

The budget consultation closes on Friday, January 17.