COUNCIL BUDGET HAILED AS “A STEP FORWARD FOR ARGYLL AND BUTE"

Argyll and Bute Council today voted unanimously to pass a budget for 2018/19 which will see significant investment in roads and social care services.

The budget, which is the first of the new administration involving Scottish Conservative councillors, will see an additional £8.3m of investment in Argyll and Bute’s road network, and £1.5m extra put into delivering social care.

Councillors from all parties and none came together to pass the budget, with council deputy leader Gary Mulvaney describing it as “the kind of efficient and sensible approach our communities want to see us taking”.

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron said:

“I am delighted that Argyll and Bute Council have recognised many of the concerns that I have heard from constituents over the need to invest in our road network.

This budget is a step forward for Argyll and Bute, and a major success for cross-party negotiations.

My Scottish Conservative colleagues on the council have been willing and ready from day one to work with other councillors to deliver for the people of Argyll and Bute, and this is a prime example of that type of attitude.”