According to BBC News Online, Highland Council will begin consultations with 2,300 members of a Highland Citizens Panel (which I have applied for). Blogged by the Council itself, this concerns a spending review which aims to find £36 millions of savings.
As I discussed recently, anger is brewing in Inverness at plans to dip into the local Common Good Fund (derived inherited properties and assets from old Scottish burghs) to ensure free access for school-children to the already heavily publically-funded Scottish Homes Expo.
This scheme, which will show-case ‘Eco-Homes’ which cost in the region of five times to local average salary, was conceived pre-Crunch times and now there appears a tacit admission that a gamble with yet-more free money is required to save face.
Some 75% of these visitors are expected to attend the event (22,000 visitors) will come from a one hour drive-time catchment area with the other 8,000 visitors from further afield.
A bit of self-awareness might be needed.