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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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SBC freeze council tax for 6th year running

"Today Council approved the Administration's five year revenue and 10 year capital funding proposals.

" Although it is a difficult economic climate with more demands placed on the Council than ever before, our financial proposals do allow us to continue to invest in high quality well run public services throughout the Borders.

"Once again we are able to freeze the council tax for the 6th year in a row and continue to deliver a significant but sustainable programme of transformation of council services."

– Councillor David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council

"The Administration’s budget agreed today is robust and affordable, and at its core protectsthe key service areas which are important to people in the Borders.

"Although the Council has a budget of around £250million we cannot meet every need and expectation, so it is important to focus on services which we are statutorily required to deliver, and deliver them to the highest possible standard.

"For example, we have provided additional funding of £1.3million for Social Work to ensure that we meet the needs of our growing elderly population, and give them the care that they deserve."

– Councillor Catriona Bhatia, Depute Leader, Scottish Borders Council

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