Local Scottish council budget cuts

Councils in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders are setting out their budgets for the coming year.

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Borders Conservative "alternative budget"

Before the Scottish Borders Council's budget was passed, the Borders Conservative group presented it's own alternative budget.

In the budget, the party outlined plans to save £11 million, including an end to the no-compulsory redundancy policy and a cut-back on early-retirement pay-offs.

"We brought forward an alternative budget, because we wanted to scrutinise the council's budget, and we found there were a couple of things that were missing or needed adding.

"We are very concerned that they are cutting the early intervention and prevention for young people, through the children's young people and planning partnership.

"We were also concerned that they are getting rid of the wardens before we felt we had a chance to really look at what we could do with the service, and we don't want to see an increase to primary school meals."

– Councillor Michelle Ballantyne, Conservative Group Leader

The Scottish Borders Council's budget was approved by 20 votes to 10.

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