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Scottish Borders Council approves cultural services trust move

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image captionThe council was told facilities like libraries could close if the service was not moved to a trust

Scottish Borders Council has approved plans to put its libraries, museums, public halls and community centres into a charitable trust.

Officials said they needed to find annual savings of about £400,000 in their cultural services - which employ more than 200 people.

If the authority retained control, they said it would mean cuts to facilities.

That could have meant the closure of a number of sites across the region to meet the savings target.

Councillors agreed the approval in principle of plans to transfer cultural services to a trust.

A further report will be brought back later this year, with implementation of the move timetabled for October 2015.

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