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Midlothian Council warns of austere times

The council is expected to finalise its budget this week

The council is expected to finalise its budget this week

Austere times face Midlothian as the local authority finalises its 2014/15 budget next week, while keeping a close eye on the future.

The SNP Group is expected to put forward a budget for approval at Tuesday’s full council meeting, with proposals for a further £1 million worth of savings.

And leaders are worried that, due to pressures brought about by an ageing population, rising school rolls and pension reforms, there will be a need for morebelt tightening.

The local authority expects £4.1 million savings will have to be found in 2015/16 and an extra £8.5m in 2016/17.

Some of the savings proposed in next week’s budget will involve sharing some trading standards and environmental health services duties with East Lothian Council.

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