Scottish Council budget cuts

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Money – photo courtesy of Saoirse Docherty

The Scottish councils will have to make a combined cut of £150 million in order to balance their books next year.

BBC Scotland revealed that the councils were spending too much money and were going into a deficit that must be corrected – and it was warned that there would be further tightening of the purse strings in future.

There is also likely to be cuts in staffing as well. Up to 1,000 council staff may have to be made redundant in the next few years, according to BBC Scotland.

Edinburgh City Council aim to save £36 million this year by selling council properties and stopping hundreds of jobs. In addition, parking charges will increase by 20p and school milk costs will be decreased.

The council are also launching an new online tool so that members of the public can see exactly where their money is going.
Councillor Alasdair Rankin, Finance Convener said ‘“It is very important to us that we hear and respond to what the people of Edinburgh are saying.”
The investment will go into repairing roads and pavements, a new care home, and creating job opportunities for young people.

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