Threat to Midlothian Council services

Midlothian House, where councillors were last week told about revised budget targets
Midlothian House, where councillors were last week told about revised budget targets

A strong warning has been made that council services could be withdrawn if the latest round of budget cut proposals don’t hit their mark.

Updating councillors at the latest full council meeting, finance chief Gary Fairley announced a range of plans to cut the local authority’s budget shortfall by more than half.

He revealed a stream of measures aimed at tackling the predicted budget shortfall which is estimated to be £16.8 million for 2017/18.

The head of finance and integrated service support’s report warned: “Ultimately if the actions set out do not bridge the budget shortfall then the council will need to consider policy changes, including the withdrawal from, or dilution of services.”

Council leader Owen Thompson (SNP) welcomed the report but challenged officers to find more savings.

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