Efficiency savings high in Council plans – plus care services hit hard

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THE BIG TICKET savings being proposed in the budget proposals released by Moray Council for consultation today includes management and supervision savings of over half a million pounds.

These ‘efficiency savings’ are an area that have been proposed in the past by opposition councillors as an essential area where savings could be made.

In addition, the Council hope to save £200,000 by reviewing Capital planned projects and re-scheduling them into future years, so requiring less borrowing. Devolved school management for primary schools that would include the removal of visiting specialists could save £251,000 next year and a further £116,000 the year after.

Under the same heading for secondary schools the Council hope to save £175,000 and £67,000 in the two year period – which would include reductions in school library services.

Another major saving could come from plans to reduce council funding to the Moray Integration Joint Board – the authority are seeking to save £1.7million by doing so – it would be for the board to decide how such savings are delivered.

Other savings would see removal of the economic development grant budget saving £99,000, removal of the Moray Towns Partnership and Rural Regeneration Funds.

One school transport bus would be removed – the Pinefield to Elgin Academy route – saving £28,000.