Paper put before Midlothian councillors was ‘riddled with errors’

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The paper outlining proposed changes to fees and charges for council services which was put before elected members at a recent Budget meeting was found to be “riddled” with inaccuracies.

The review, which targets a range of services, from grass cutting to sport and leisure facilities, aims to boost council coffers by £70,000 in the next financial year and the same again in 2015/16.

Refusing to approve it at last week’s budget meeting, councillors ordered that the mistakes be corrected before proposals can be rubber-stamped.

Opposition group leader Derek Milligan (Lab) told the meeting: “There are real problems all the way through this paper. For example, where we talk about day centre meals, they are currently £2.05. There’s to be no increase but it goes up to £2.50.

“The whole paper is riddled with inaccuracies and it beggars belief that it is in front of elected members today.”

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