Subjects: Economy, Finance
Statement from Moray Council's CEO, Roddy Burns
Moray Council’s chief executive, Roddy Burns sent a message to the authority’s staff on Monday (11th), outlining the latest budget situation.He has also issued the following statement to Moray residents in advance of the council’s budget-setting meeting on February 27th:“Since the Council meeting in January there have been a number of developments, and ahead of the council budget setting meeting o
Warning as increase in number of rogue doorstep trader season reported.
Last year over 750k was paid to rogue doorstep traders by vulnerable Moray residents.These traders often use misleading or intimidating practices to obtain large amounts of money from Moray’s most vulnerable consumers, particularly the elderly. Without fail, Moray Council Trading Standards witnesses a sharp increase in complaints about dodgy doorstep traders at this time of year, offering service
Secretary of State for Scotland gets an insight into Moray’s vision for the future
The potential for Moray to invigorate its economy and create scores of jobs and opportunities came closer today with a visit by the Secretary of State for Scotland. See video here: David Mundell, Secretary of State for Scotland, was invited by Moray MP Douglas Ross to hear the details behind the £200million Moray Growth Deal bid.Industry chiefs, council leaders and senior Moray Council and Highlan
Council budget to go out for public consultation
Councillors approved a raft of cost-saving measures to be put to Moray residents as part of a budget consultation.If agreed, the proposals could reduce the council’s budget by just over £6.7 million a year. Cash will still have to taken from the council’s reserves to bridge the estimated £15 million gap in the council’s budget by the end of next year.Further savings will still have to be found for
A month left to sign up and support the Growth Bid!
Following a successful Moray Growth Deal pitch to Scotland’s Under Secretary of State, Ian (Lord) Duncan yesterday (Thurs), Moray residents now have one month to have their say on the bid.Lord Duncan met Moray Council representatives and local MP Douglas Ross in Elgin to hear details of the area’s Growth Fund Bid, and said he was highly impressed with the pitch.Chair of Moray Council’s Economic De
Qualifying businesses in Moray receiving reduced bills
BUSINESSES in Moray which applied for relief on their non-domestic rates are now receiving their reduced bills.It’s taken just two weeks since Moray Council received the required software from its supplier, to test the product and begin processing applications for the 2017 Transitional Relief Scheme.Qualifying businesses which are receiving reduced bills as a result of the scheme and have currentl
Moray Growth Deal gathers pace with launch of My Moray campaign
People living in Moray are being asked to participate in a survey to help the development of the Moray Growth Deal bid. Over the next few months residents will hear more about this bid. A video has been created featuring people from across the area talking about their visions and aspirations for the region, and several public events are planned so people can ask questions about it.To be a success
Multi-million pound funding bid to grow economy approved by councillors
Moray councillors have approved plans to bid for a multi-million pound growth fund bid to boost the area’s economy.The bid could see funding from the UK and Scottish Governments to help develop the area’s growth in employment and commerce. Similar funding has been provided through City Deals to Aberdeen City and Inverness.Officials are developing a proposal that will create a lasting legacy and al
Business rates bills issued
This year’s non-domestic rates bills have been issued to businesses today.These will be the first bills bearing the new 2017 rateable values. The change to rateable values may cause some concerns about increases in the amount to be paid. As far as possible, we’ve transferred existing reliefs to the new bills, but that has not always been possible due to the changes in rateable values and relief s
Statement on the budget by Leader of Moray Council, Cllr Stewart Cree
Leader of Moray Council, Cllr Stewart Cree, welcomed the passing of the budget by Full Council.He said: "We have been working with senior managers for some months, looking at ways to reduce our costs and balance the books. I am also grateful to the staff in general who have responded with suggestions and proposals that have allowed us to present a range of savings which will bring both long and sh
Free lunch for businesses looking to grow
The closest thing to a free lunch is being served up at a ‘Lunch and Learn’ business growth session this month during Moray Business Week 2016.Business Gateway will be hosting the event on Tuesday 15November in conjunction with Johnston Carmichael Accountants and The Royal Bank of Scotland. The event is aimed at existing businesses with plans to grow.Manager of Business Gateway in Moray, Craig Rob
Council leader launches seven-week budget conversation with residents
Starting Monday, Moray Council is launching a seven-week conversation with the community on its budget.Conducted mainly online via social media and the council’s website, residents will also be able to take part via libraries, access points and community centres.A wealth of material and information has been produced and made available to provide as clear a picture as possible of what the council s
A special meeting of the Moray Economic Partnership was held in Elgin today (Tuesday 23) to discuss the news that Kinloss Barracks are under threat as part of an MoD review.
Chair of the MEP, Cllr John Cowe, said that everyone was deeply disappointed that the MoD are reneging on their original promise to consult over the potential closure of the Kinloss Barracks.
School crossing patrollers
This week the Scotsman (entire circulation 26,783, full-price copies17,000) published an article stating that Moray Council were proposing to cut school crossing patrollers, and would be the first council in Scotland to do so. This is not true. Read the erroneous article hereOver the last five years and in response to increasing budget pressures, nearly 300 school crossing patrollers have been cut
If you want to follow budget debate at today's meeting, go to our webcast http://www.moray.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/203360
Moray Council has a special meeting today to discuss its budget for the year ahead. You can watch it live by following this link to our Webcast page, and the agenda papers can be viewed at this link: agenda papers
New business units nearing completion in Forres
Moray Council is investing more than £850,000 in a Forres business park to meet demand for industrial units.
Council workers have been briefed on the budget proposals due to be debated at a meeting of the Full Council next Wednesday afternoon.
The briefing assures staff that no redundancies or service reductions are anticipated for the year 2016/17, but that the council faces a huge deficit in subsequent years. Agenda papers for the meeting are due to be published on Friday. These will contain greater detail of where any savings are to be made.
Council leader seeks clarification of 'premature' comments by John Swinney
Following yesterday’s announcement of a proposed 18% Council Tax increase by the ruling coalition on Moray Council, its leader Cllr Stewart Cree is seeking clarification from Finance Secretary John Swinney.
Moray first Scottish council to propose council tax increase, pitched at up to 18%
Moray Council's administration group have proposed raising council tax by up to 18% to avoid cutting services. Note: background notes and pictures in resources section. Film of Cllr Cree speaking about the increase in 'related material' section.