THE Highland Council is asking the public for ways to find nearly £12 million in savings in the next two years.
Today the local authority launched a three-month-long public consultation to help bridge a projected budget gap of almost £30m over the next two financial years.
The savings required in 2013/14 and 2014/15 are £29.7m. Already agreed are savings of £17.8m, leaving a gap of £11.9m.
A series of ward forums as well as briefing events with business, voluntary and specialist groups are planned before October 19 to complement the views expressed by staff, trade unions and the council’s citizen panel of 2300 residents.
Past measures have included reducing management costs, introducing advertising to council publications and websites and transferring the running of culture and leisure services to a not-for-profit organisation – High Life Highland.
The council has also moved to fortnightly bin collections and reduced costs on street lighting through dimming and off-peak switch off of lights.
Members of the public can access the budget information and comment online at www.highland.gov.uk/yourcouncil/news/haveyoursay/budget2012/