Highlands and Islands Conservative MSP Donald Cameron said: “The news that the council is to have its budget cut further will be met with dismay by everyone who depends on the key services provided by our local authority.
“Coming as it does, with the dismal news that the budget of Highlands and Islands Enterprise is also being slashed, it is clear that, for the SNP Government, the Highlands and Islands are little more than a backwater which they can safely disregard.
“We need more investment, not less, and there is absolutely no excuse for Nicola Sturgeon imposing these cuts as the Scottish Government is receiving unprecedented levels of funding from the UK Government.
“Many of our communities are facing further depopulation and the loss of our young people. This news from Holyrood makes turning that round even more challenging.”