We the undersigned, demand that a meeting of the Comhairle be called as soon as possible and not later than Wednesday 24th September. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the political and financial implications of the decision taken at full Council on Thursday 4th September 2008 in relation to the cessation of S1/2 education in the Western Isles and the likely impact on the WISP programme(sic), on the education of all children in our schools, and on the unallocated funds in the capital programme.Signed: Angus MacCormick, Donald J MacSween, Neil Campbell, Keith Dodson, Norman MacLeod (signature withdrawn 18/9/08), Kenneth MacIver, Charlie Nicolson, Kenneth Murray,John A MacIver, Murdo MacLeod, Martin Taylor, Catherine MacDonald, Donald Manford, Annie MacDonald, Philip McLean, Peter Carlin, Uisdean Robertson, Archie Campbell and indecipherable.
The report is available here, and on at para 4.4 you will see that Education will need to save 7.7% of their budget in 2010/11 to balance the books. Read the report and weep.
The exact financial position is largely unclear until the report to Policy and Finance Committee in October, but the impact is obviously huge. Time to start again, rather than stagger from decision to decision.