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Another £4.5m could be cut from D&G public services

Ronnie Nicholson Credit: ITV Border

A further £4.5m could be cut from public services in Dumfries and Galloway next year according to the council leader.

Ronnie Nicholson told councillors today he fears the Scottish Government might cut the council's grant, giving the authority an extra £4.5m to save on top of the £12.5m of savings already identified.

There is absolutely no fat in the service at all now. We have been through all that with the previous cuts. No we are actually having to look at services that people in Dumfries and Galloway actually want. It could be anything. I can't be specific about it until I get exact figures, but we have to look at every service and delivering services in a different way.

– Ronnie Nicholson, Dumfries & Galloway Council Leader

Councillor on D&G refugees: 'It's only right we take our fair share'

A Syrian boy in a Lebanon refugee camp Credit: PA

Councillor Ronnie Nicholson has defended plans to resettle Syrian refugees in Dumfries & Galloway, saying 'it's only right that we take our fair share'.

Dumfries & Galloway council yesterday announced they were help re-house 20 Syrian families fleeing from the war-torn country.

The families will be selected from camps in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.

The amount of Syrian families arriving in the Dumfries & Galloway

This a humanitarian issue, it's not about migration, it's only right that we take our fair share.

– Councillor Ronnie Nicholson


Cumbria council calls for community refugee help

The council will home 30 families. Credit: PA

Cumbria County Council has agreed to provide homes for 30 Syrian refugee families in the county by Christmas.

The council is asking anyone who wants to offer assistance, including accommodation, clothing and support, to email them at:

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