£50m council budget cut priorities set out

Dumfries and Galloway Council The council has been advised it could have to cut more than £50m from its spending

Related Stories

Dumfries and Galloway Council has drawn up a list of priority spending areas as it faces a budget reduction of £50m.

They include care for older people, stimulating the local economy and protecting the environment.

Chief executive Gavin Stevenson said the local authority's finances faced "unprecedented challenges".

However, he said that by drawing up a priority list they could lay the foundation for "tough decisions" ahead and try to reassure the public.

Labour councillors failed to secure an amendment to include flood prevention measures included in the priorities.

They said the public would expect the issue to be one of the authority's main goals.

However, one councillor said that committing to them could become a "millstone" as the specifics of cuts had not yet been decided.

The council has been advised to prepare to cut about £50m from its spending over the next three years.

Officers have advised a savings target of more than £20m for the next financial year alone.

Those figures could change later this year when the Scottish government finance settlement is announced.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC South Scotland

Weather

Dumfries

6 °C 0 °C

Features

  • FridgeCool customer

    The village that has just got its first fridge


  • Lincoln Perkins (in the middle of the image) carried Churchill's coffin with seven other menNear miss

    How pallbearers almost dropped Churchill's coffin


  • Josef Mengele in SS uniformThe twins of Auschwitz

    How a Nazi doctor experimented on identical siblings


  • Alok'Red market'

    The desperate patients in India turning to illegal blood donors


  • Bank House, 27 King Street, LeedsIn pictures

    Some of the striking buildings new to the National Heritage List


Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.