Savings will need to be made for budget

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A spokesperson for the Comhairle has confirmed that while all Comhairle nan Eilean Siar services have been warned significant savings will have to be made over the next three years - the actual sums required will remain unknown until early next year.

Savings are to be made as part of the Government’s bid to make savings over their term in office with estimates, on the basis of a proportionate rate falling on the Comhairle, of target savings of between £4.1m and £5.9m in 2016/2017 and £2.7 and £4.7m in 2017/18.

A spokesperson said: “All services been asked to look at savings.

“We don’t know yet how much as the Chancellor’s Spending Review won’t be known until end of November and then we have to see what Scottish government are doing in terms of local government.

“However estimates of savings are between £4.1m and £5.9m in 2016/17 and £2.7m and £4.7m in 2017/18.”

The Comhairle have identified that savings in each period could be made as follows: 2016/17 2017/18 Identified savings (Loan charges, fuel, prior year severance and funding) £3.0m Corporate savings proposals £0.4m £1.1m Workforce Plans: Efficiency proposals £1.2m £0.6m Workforce Plans: Budget Choice proposals £1.4m £2.1m Totals £5.2m £4.6m.

The figures are not agreed or settled on and should be considered as a work in progress.

Updated figures will be put forward once they have been fully worked up and workforce planning consultation has taken place.