Scottish Borders outlines budget

Scottish Borders Council are looking to save nearly four million pounds over the next year. The announcement comes as the local authority has set out its latest budget proposals today.

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Full Report: Scottish Borders outlines budget

Scottish Borders Council has outlined how it plans to save 3.8 million pounds over the next year.

Budget proposals have also been revealed for the next 10 years.

The local authority have again made assurances that there will be no compulsory redundancies, but they have changed terms and conditions for council workers.

Watch the full report from Jenny Longden below.

New budget will "keep important services" in place

Scottish Borders Council has set out its budget and spending priorities for the next year.

"We have a budget that looks at trying to make savings across all services, but keeps very much in place the important services that people really appreciate.

One major element of our budgetary savings is to look very carefully at staff terms and conditions and a range of different budgets to make sure that we are delivering our services as efficiently as we can."

– Councillor David Parker, Council leader


Borders' budget outlined for next year

Scottish Borders Council has set out it's budget proposals for the next year.

The local authority needs to make savings of £3.8 million between 2013-2014, and a further 27.5 million over the next 5 years.

They have honoured an agreement with staff to make no compulsory redundancies, but have made changes to staff terms and conditions.

That means new staff will be placed on a different rate, and there will no longer be pay awards of incremental pay increases.

£191 million will be spent on the Borders' infrastructure over the next 10 years, including projects like Town Centre Regeneration for Galashiels, Selkirk and Newtown St Boswells.

£450,000 has been earmarked for flood protection in Jedburgh after the Skiprunning burn burst its banks last year.

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