More budget cuts looming for South Ayrshire

Councillor Robin Reid, Council Leader Bill McIntosh and Depute Leader of the Council John McDowall sign off South Ayrshire Council's Budget for 2014/15.
Councillor Robin Reid, Council Leader Bill McIntosh and Depute Leader of the Council John McDowall sign off South Ayrshire Council's Budget for 2014/15.

Only weeks after cutting funding to local galas and community centres, South Ayrshire Council is planning yet more savings.

The council say initial financial projections for 2017-18 alone have indicated an estimated budget gap in revenue terms of £5.4 million,

The news comes as South Ayrshire Council announced a two-year plan for 2016-18 which highlights priority areas and six strategic objectives.

Among the key action areas include: Getting more people into work and supporting opportunities for employment; Develop the Ayrshire Growth deal with North and East Ayrshire Councils; Deliver new schools for communities including Dailly Primary; Improve career prospects by increasing the number of young people and adults with relevant qualifications; Champion community decision making through participatory budgeting and to complete the new Quay Zone Leisure Centre in Girvan.

The council says the new plan comes at a time of continued financial constraints.

Initial financial projections for 2017-18 alone have indicated an estimated budget gap in revenue terms of £5.4 million, which does not include the potential pressures likely to be experienced by the council’s contribution to the Health and Social Care Partnership.

Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, said it was working hard to deliver the best deal possible for local people, “There’s no doubt that the next two years will bring fresh challenges, and our success will depend on the way that we respond for our communities.

“Our focus on the local economy, finding new opportunities for both the young and old, as well as in the wider community remains, while we’ll also be working hard to change the way we deliver services to make sure we’re constantly evolving.

“By integrating our services where possible, focusing on early intervention and prevention for key services, empowering communities to take more control of their lives, we will be well placed to continue to deliver services to high standards.”