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Monmouthshire Council to discuss budget proposals

The council needs to make £9 million worth of savings next year Credit: PA

Monmouthshire council will meet today to decide how they can make cuts to their budget.

Ideas suggested by councillors so far include dimming some street lights and raising the cost of school meals.

The authority needs to save £9m in its budget for the next financial year and £20m over the next four years.

The council asked members of the public for their ideas last year and said it was looking seriously at some of them.

These included setting up a lottery, which could raise money for specific projects, increasing the price of school meals and reducing street sweepers.

Councils across Wales are currently reviewing services in response to a reduction in their budgets from the Welsh government.

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