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Department of Finance and Corporate Resources

Comhairle Budget 2016-18

The Comhairle agreed its 2015/16 budget on 11 February 2015 and the Budget Book for 2015/16 (PDF, 275K) has now been published.


In the light of continuing pressure on public sector funding the Comhairle approved its initial Budget Strategy 2016-18 (PDF, 290K) in April 2015.

This was followed by updates in June 2015 (PDF, 30K) and September 2015 (PDF, 110K).

The next key date will be the UK Government’s Spending Review due to be announced on 25 November 2015. This will be followed by the Scottish Budget and local Government Settlement in December 2015.

The exact level of savings the Comhairle needs to find will not be known until the figures are published. However, planned has already started to ensure the Comhairle is as well prepared as it can be for the 2016/17 budget.

In addition to an extensive Workforce Planning consultation the Comhairle is now holding six public consultation meetings as follows:

Public Consultation Meetings
Date Venue Time
Tuesday 10 November Sir E Scott School, Tarbert 7pm
Wednesday 11 November Council Chamber, Stornoway 7pm
Monday 16 November Sgoil an Taobh Siar, Barvas 7pm
Thursday 19 November Castlebay School, Barra 7pm
Friday 20 November Daliburgh School, South Uist
Paible School, North Uist


Comments on any aspect of the budget are welcomed but could include consideration of the following questions:
1.       What are the service priorities for this community?
2.       Has the Comhairle got the balance of funding between services right?
3.       Should the Comhairle be looking to increase charges for services?
4.       What are the views on the continuation of the Council Tax Freeze?
5.       Are there any opportunities for the Comhairle to realise savings?

Comments or Suggestions

Comments or suggestions in relation to the budget are welcomed and can be submitted by e-mail to or in writing to the Director of Finance and Corporate Resources, Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway, HS1 2BW.