Jo Stephenson, Leader of the Lib Dem group which is in coalition with the Labour group, recommends the budget be passed saying:
"No-one enters politics hoping to have the opportunity to make cuts and I certainly didn't.
"However, this is the hand we have been dealt and we must play it...I believe this budget serves the needs of the whole county and it's people in all their diversity - a budget which balances the need to cut our coat according to the cloth of our available finances whist at the same time protecting the most vulnerable in our community."
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Paul Brand & guests - including Lib Dem leadership favourite Tim Farron & the SNP's new Border MP Calum Kerr. Watch the full programme here:
A look ahead at the forecast for the Border region.
Preparations have begun for a two day mountain biking event, the Enduro World Series, in the Tweed Valley this weekend.