Years of local authority cuts have had an impact on many services, including support for area tourist boards. Several area tourist boards are on the verge of bankruptcy-or they were at the end of the previous financial year-and that makes it extremely difficult for them. It is also difficult for local authorities to maintain their previous levels of support.
What is required is a funding package, stretching over three years, as promised by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in some of his early statements to the House of Commons. When can we expect the Scottish Executive to introduce plans for three-year budgeting for local authorities and other bodies-on an individual council basis-to ensure sustainability and security not only for ATBs, but for other public service organisations?