Date Added - 28/01/13
Members of Moray’s focus groups that were used to shape the most in-depth budget consultation by a Scottish council will hear the results of their efforts today.
The three-month consultation at the end of last year was designed to get views on budget savings from across all areas in Moray as the council prepares to find £30million in savings.
To ensure everyone would get the chance to air their views, a series of focus groups were established from sections of Moray society. These included the elderly, community leaders, members of the business community and young people.
Suggestions as to what format the consultation should take, its reach, the facilities at events and what information should be available were all acted upon to ensure a valid exercise.
Those that formed the focus groups will now be presented with a ‘you said, we did’ feedback on how their suggestions shaped the consultation. They will also hear some of the analysis that the consultation has produced.
Convener of Moray Council, Councillor Stewart Cree, and the leader of Moray Council, Councillor Allan Wright, will address the groups.
“This consultation was a major undertaking by the council, and we wanted to ensure we tailored it to what Moray folk would respond to,” said Councillor Cree.
“Thanks to the input from these focus groups it became the most comprehensive one of its kind in Scotland, and judging by the responses we have had during our three-month consultation it was well worth it.
“The public have engaged with us on the important subject like never before, and we are extremely grateful to everyone who took the time to take part.”
Councillor Wright, who chairs the council’s policy and resources committee, said that the task of taking £30million from the council’s annual budget was extremely daunting.
“No-one wants to cut services to this degree, but that is the position we are in.
“It was therefore vital we understood from the public what services they valued most, and the focus groups helped enormously in this regard.”
The meeting will be held at the Town Hall in Elgin at 7pm.