South Scotland

Borders Council agrees £6.2m savings plan

The Scottish Borders Council has agreed a £6.2m savings plan in order to cope with the predicted government cuts.

The council had already committed to £5m worth of cuts in order to address an outstanding cash gap of £13m.

It insisted that the essential primary care services would not be affected, although a proposed merger would mean 70 job losses.

Services facing cuts include free care for the vulnerable and additional needs provisions for schools.

It is hoped the job losses will be secured through voluntary redundancy and early retirement.

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