The Scottish Borders Council (SBC) has approved the 2013/14 budget plans.
They say that their members worked closely with staff in order to protect front line services and deliver value for money for Borders residents.
Highlights of the budget revenue plans include:
- No council tax increase in 2013/14, which will be frozen at 2007/08 levels for the sixth successive year
- No compulsory redundancies
- A living wage of £7.50 for the lowest paid staff from April 2013
- Maintaining the numbers of teachers employed by SBC in 2013/14
- Provision of £6.5m to fund a range of inflationary and service cost pressures
- An extra £1.4m budget per annum to address social work pressures in home care, learning disabilities and residential care
- An extra £6.26m to meet demographic pressures from the increasing number of elderly people and increasing number of vulnerable children