Dumfries and Galloway Council has agreed on the budget for the coming financial year.
The proposals, which were backed by Independent Councillors, include:
- Investment in roads infrastructure and small business support
- Expansion of the Council's graduate and apprenticeship schemes
- Increase the Living Wage to £7.50 an hour
- Avoid compulsory redundancies
The council say additional money allocated in today's budget takes the amount of funding allocated to addressing Welfare Reform to £1.6 million.