26 Feb

Written by Kathryn Vercillo on February 26, 2010

Politicians around the world might take some lessons from the new money-saving plan that Highland councillors are putting into action. They’re cutting back on a wide range of things this year in order to reduce their annual budget. The budget they’ve set for 2010-2011 is just over£600 million. That might sound like a lot of money but they have to cut back about £12 million from what they’re used to spending. Furthremore, they need to cut a total of £60 million over the next three years.

Here are five things that the Highland Councillors will be doing to save that money:

  1. Biking, walking and commuting to work. They need to save money on travel expenses.
  2. Using video conferencing. This will further reduce the amount of money spent on business travel.
  3. Reduced spending on councillor’s lunches. They don’t need to spend as much money dining out as they’ve been spending.
  4. Stop serving coffee and tea at meetings. If the meeting lasts less than two hours, the councillor’s really don’t need a snack.
  5. Putting an end to colour photocopies. It saves a lot of money to print in black and white.
What’s interesting is that these money-saving efforts that are being made at the government level are the same types of things that frugal people are doing to save money as individuals. They’re eating out less, traveling in more cost-effective ways and watching where their money goes. It’s all common sense stuff; glad to see the government is getting in on it too!
Learn more from BBC News.

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One Comment

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    March 22nd, 2012

    I eat simple, cheap meals/snacks that I make mlyesf. I have bachelor meals that I make big batches up and freeze (turkey chili, chicken risotto, stews, etc.) so when I don’t have time to cook dinner, I just re-heat one of these instead of ordering out. When I do eat out, I make it worth it and eat the good stuff. And when I go out, I plan it around doing SOMETHING instead of just drinking. Like movies, art walks, free live music

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