£30 million investment in fags, £90,000 for meals and soft drinks for councillors and a mere matter of having to shave £45 million off the budgets. One of the three top men found time for a wee whiz round Inverness in a stylish new electric car however. Inspectors are not happy (again) with a council run care-home in Inverness.
The budget cuts meeting is taking place next week. Given the scale of the cutbacks that will be needed to bring the budget to book will the pain that will be inflicted be too much for the 3-party coalition? Will the independents be able to hold the line as they reflect on the impact of council cuts on their communities? If jobs have to go will the Labour Party members on the council vote to see fellow trade unionists lose their jobs? Will the Liberal Democrat members be prepared to shoulder their share of the blame for the cuts in the eyes of the public? Liz and her fellow SNP councillors must be glad they are in opposition. Not a good time to be a councillor, people do go in for it to try and do their best and end up helpless victims of circumstance. Could local government services as we know them today soon become a thing of the past? Never mind at least Alasdair Darling has made Bingo a bit cheaper.