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Department of Finance and Corporate Resources

Comhairle Budget Strategy 2013-15

Following on from the 2012/13 budget and faced with the challenge of finding projected savings of £6m for the two year period from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2015 the Comhairle approved its initial Budget Strategy 2013-15 (PDF, 310K) in June 2012.

The Comhairle considered the next stage in the process in September 2012 with a Report (PDF, 55K) to the Policy and Resources Committee.  As part of this consideration the Comhairle agreed a Revised Budget Timetable (PDF, 20K) .

In line with the agreed Strategy Comhairle Members scored savings proposals brought forward by each department of the Comhairle.  These were considered at the Comhairle’s meeting on 1 November 2012 (Budget Consultation 2012 (PDF, 210K)).  At that meeting the Comhairle agreed that all the proposals scored by Members should form the basis of community consultation and that members of the public and other partners be advised that the Comhairle would also welcome and consider any suggestion put forward on any aspect of its budget.  The Comhairle also agreed to utilise £2m of balances to mitigate the impact of service choices reducing the savings needed to £5.35m.

A Consultation Paper (PDF, 90K) has been produced based on an updated version of the
Member Scores (PDF, 60K) that reflects the results of all the Members that took part. This will form the basis of discussion at the following public meetings:

2013/15 Budget Strategy - Public Consultation Meetings
Monday 12 November 2012 Sir E Scott School, Tarbert 7.30pm
Tuesday 13 November 2012 Clan Macquarrie Centre, Borve 7.30pm
Monday 19 November 2012  Castlebay School  7.30pm
Tuesday 20 November 2012 Daliburgh School  6.00pm
Tuesday 20 November 2012   Carinish Hall 8.30pm
Thursday 22 November 2012 Council Chamber   6.30pm


The Online Survey is now closed, thanks to all those who completed the survey. We will be collating the results shortly.

In addition, the opportunity to undertake a similar exercise to that carried out by Members is available online:
Score Each of the 135 Budget Choices.


Comments or Suggestions

Comments or suggestions in relation to the strategy can be submitted at any time as detailed below.

The Comhairle would welcome any comments or suggestions on its Budget Strategy and these 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.