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West Dunbartonshire Council agrees £611,000 budget savings

West Dunbartonshire Council has agreed £611,000 of savings to balance its budget and pay for spending priorities.

Among the measures are plans to scrap its town-twinning budget, scale back school cleaning during holidays and reduce its subsidy to Police Scotland.

The 2014/2015 budget plans an extra £500,000 spending to help create jobs and support vulnerable young people.

More than 100 extra free school meal places will be created and P7 pupils will get £10 credit union accounts.

The council said its band D council tax level would remain frozen for the sixth consecutive year, at £1,163.

'Local views'

It has also earmarked an extra £1m to upgrade roads and £1m for sports and leisure facilities.

Plans have also been approved to create a new Dumbarton Cemetery and upgrade three others - Vale of Leven, North Dalnottar and Kilmaronock.

Council leader Martin Rooney said: "I'm pleased that this budget addresses the views of local residents by investing heavily into improving our road network, and offering major funding to help upgrade community leisure facilities.

"We have had to make savings too and we've tried to pick those options that caused the least hardship to local residents and the community, and also those that had public support."

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