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Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown told ITV Border that difficult financial times are here to stay, after the council announced proposed spending cuts of £7.2 million:
Dumfries and Galloway council have announced budget proposals for 2013/2014, which would see spending cut by £7.2 million.
In the draft budget plans, more staff jobs would be cut through voluntary redundancy and early retirement schemes.
Cuts in educational roles and reduced funding for community projects are just some of the plans proposed in the list of 27 individual saving options.
The full budget proposal can be found here.