Council asks public for cost cutting ideas

ELECTED members gathered in Wigtown last night to discuss with the general public the budget challenges facing Dumfries and Galloway Council in 2013/14.

The meeting was called to allow members of the community to be engaged in the process and put forward their thoughts and ideas on the financial constraints the local authority faces in the present climate rather than reacting to set proposals of options.

The bare facts make eye-watering reading. In the upcoming financial year the council will have to save £23,118 per day and needs to save a further £27 million over the next three year. On the plus side the council have saved £29.3 million during the past three years and made staff savings of £9.9 million. The council income comes from £61.1 million from council tax and £315.6 million in grants. Council services each year cost in the region of £377 million.

Last night’s think tank discussed what services could be reduce to save money and what the council should be focusing on financially to prevent problems arising in the future.