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:
– Ivor Hyslop, Council Leader, Dumfries and Galloway Council
“Our draft budget demonstrates the Administration’s commitment to investing in the local economy even in difficult times by investing in our schools, supporting small businesses through our planned preventative maintenance scheme and still avoids compulsory redundancies while continuing to keep our Council Tax the lowest in mainland Scotland.
“We believe our budget is a good answer to a challenging question; how we continue to invest in our region when the public finances are under more pressure than ever.”
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.