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Highland Council puts forward controversial energy cost-cutting proposal

Under a controversial proposal drawn up by Highland Council’s administration, all council buildings – including schools – should be shut down for half day on Fridays in order to cut energy use. The scheme could save around £8 million and could become effective next year.

Council sources says £3.9 million would be saved by closing all council buildings earlier in the week, reducing cleaning, heating and other costs.

And a further £4.1 million would be saved by shutting schools half day on a Friday, in a move that could effectively cut teaching time for primary school pupils by 2.5 hours-per-week.

One councillor involved in the plan said:”The reality is that on Friday afternoons there’s hardly anybody left in the buildings anyway so it means we are heating the buildings so by shutting them that bit early we would be making a huge, huge saving.”

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