Highlands & Islands

Highland Council cuts blog poses charges question

Residents of the Highlands have been asked if they would be willing to pay up to 10% more for council services.

Highland Council raises £68m every year from charges for services such as school meals, the hire of its buildings, car parking and burials.

In a blog inviting the public's views on how the authority could achieve savings, budget leader David Alston said higher fees would ease cuts.

No increase would see a reduction in services, the council has warned.

Residents have been asked if they would support increases of three, five or 10%.

Highland would still offer concessions and discounts to certain people.

The blog was launched as part the council's efforts to consult the public on its plans to save £36m over three years.

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