Midlothian’s manin political parties divided over budget

Setting the 2014/15 revenue budget was all about priorities and choices – according to councillors on both sides of the political divide.

Faced with bridging a £2.6 million shortfall, the SNP administration agreed to balance the books through a combination of service reductions and internal belt-tightening.

The opposing Labour group presented an alternative which, it said, would focus entirely on internal processes.

Approving savings of more than £500,000 on the cost of services, the council will look to achieve this largely in education, where the £168,000 budget set aside to supplement teacher allocations will be reduced by £42,000.

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