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One potential impact is the effective closure of the Hillcrest children’s care home in Stornoway which could save £350,000 but would result in the loss of a number of posts there.

 

Councillors will be updated on the plans for transitional arrangements including a new way of delivering services plus building a new modern facility at Sandwick.

 

Western Isles finance director, Robert Emmott, stressed that finances “remains a key challenge” for the council and following this May’s elections, the fresh of councillors will be pressed to “agree and implement its strategic plan and budget without undue delay.”

 

He highlighted the authority’s budget has been slashed by 16%  from £121 million in 2010 to £102 million this year. In real terms this works out at a near £35 million or 29% reduction.

 

Looking ahead, “without a change in national policy, there is no foreseeable prospect of an end to the current regime within which local government has been managing since 2011,” he said.

 

Mr Emmott added: “Whilst the council has successfully realised the necessary savings over this period, further reductions on this scale inevitably will have an increasing impact on services.”

Comhairle faces £6 million budget shortfall

6 February 2017

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is taking steps to reduce a £6 million budget shortfall.

 

Council tax is expected to increase by 3% in a effort to take in extra money.

 

Cuts agreed last February as part of a two-year plan should save around £3.1 million.

 

The remaining budget gap is set to be plugged by cash the authority already holds, provided councillors agree after a non-stop series of council meetings on Tuesday.

 

One potential impact is the effective closure of the Hillcrest children’s care home in Stornoway which could save £350,000 but would result in the loss of a number of posts there.