THE far north’s flagship initiative to give the public a role in disbursing Highland Council funds to local good causes is in line to be a victim of the latest round of spending cuts.
Your Cash Your Caithness involves voluntary organisations making pitches for a share of the pot allocated from the budget of the county’s two wards. Each can apply for up to £1500 with the outcome dependent on a vote by members of the public who come along to hear the presentations.
The latest session was held in Thurso High on Saturday when 17 organisations bid for a share of £25,000. That is half what was on offer at each of the first three rounds.
Caithness civic leader Willie Mackay said the initiative has proved very popular and ticks all the boxes in terms of giving powers to the community.
But he said the ward budgets are in line to go as part of the cuts the council is going to have to make to plug a £24 million budget gap.
He said: “The Scottish Government has said it wants one per cent of the total budget for councils earmarked for participatory budgeting and that is what Your Cash Your Caithness is all about.
“I fear that with the amount of savings that need to be made that the