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Western Isles council SNP group is calling for a period of public consultation before making any budget decisions this week.


SNP councillors plan to lodge a motion at the budget setting meetings to defer decisions until the end of the month.


Group leader Gordon Murray stated: "With the extra monies of £1.2 million coming from the Scottish Government, it is vitally important that we have time to consider where this money can be put to best use.”


He said councillors would have to consider the implications of proposals and also allows public consultation which “frankly has not happened.”


Mr Murray said delaying decisions over cuts provides and opportunity for the council to involve islanders in a “very important process affecting every household.”


He added: "I've been in contact with a number of local authorities who are setting their budget at the end of February or beginning of March.


“We should also take our time to carefully evaluate the public responses and ensure we have all the information required to make the right decisions.


"I hope that councillors agree rather than making rash decisions at such an important time."


Extra time needed to consider council budget says SNP

6 February 2018