The SNP group of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are to oppose many of the proposed service cuts at a meeting of the full council on Wednesday.

In a statement, the group said it was 'putting forward the case for the community' at the meetings. 

They said they had listened to the public at the various budget consultation meeting and taking into consideration their representations, they would

* Oppose the cut to the current arrangement for residential care for children currently provided by Action for Children at Hillcrest

* To continue with the use of all itinerant teachers in primary schools

* To maintain the level of funding to The Energy Advisory Services (TEAS)

* To protect the road maintenance and surfacing budgets

* To retain the abattoir, bus station and public conveniences


Said the group: "It was obvious at the consultation meetings that care for the vulnerable is of great importance and although care packages, self-directed support and the overnight service is now under the remit of the Integrated Joint Board (IJB), the SNP will call on the IJB to give top priority to these items.

"In addition, the group will call for a review of the library café to find ways to secure its continuation as a well-used and popular facility.

The SNP council Group will again bring forward recommendations that will empower our communities to deliver the services that are essential to them."