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Department of Finance and Corporate Resources

Comhairle Budget 2016-18

The Comhairle agreed its 2016/17 budget on 17 February 2016 and the details are set out in the Budget Book for 2016/17 (PDF, 310K)


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).

Initial Consultation

In November 2015 the Comhairle held a series of six public meetings and invited comments on 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?

The Notes of These Meetings (PDF, 280K) will assist Members in the next stage of the process.

On Wednesday 2 December 2015 the Comhairle approved an Updated Budget Strategy (PDF, 80K) which set out proposals for Workforce Planning and initial options for budget choices.

Scottish Budget

Following the UK Spending Review on 25 November 2015 the Allocations for Scottish Local Authorities were announced as part of the Scottish Budget on 16 December 2015.

Comhairle Consultation

The Comhairle held an additional meeting on Tuesday 13 January 2016 to consider the Settlement and what budget choices to consult on.  The Main Report (PDF, 40K) and Supplementary Report (PDF, 58K) set out the overall position and recommended areas of consultation.

Public consultation meetings were held as follows:

Additional Meetings
Monday 18 January 2016 Sgoil an Taobh Siar, Barvas
Sir E Scott School, Tarbert
Tuesday 19 January 2016 Castlebay School, Barra 7pm
Wednesday 20 January 2016 Daliburgh School, South Uist
Paible School, North Uist
Thursday 21 January 2016 Council Chambers, Stornoway 7pm
Friday 22 January 2016 with the Comhairle Leader   7pm


Details of all true consultation responses were provided to Members as part of the Budget Papers.

The decisions the Comhairle made in relation to the consultation paper when it agreed its budget on 17 February 2016 are set out in its Press Release.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the process.