Council agree budget

AFTER a six-hour marathon meeting yesterday elected members of Dumfries and Galloway Council emerged with an agreed budget for the next financial year.

With council tax frozen for the fifth consecutive year saving identified came from reduction in staff due to falling school rolls (324,000); Reducing staff levels in primary school (£253,000); The removal of historic staffing anomalies in secondary schools (86,000); Home care learning disability (£153,000); facilities management (£128,000); wild areas and parks (£40,000); the integration of libraries, customer service centres and registration (£100,000) and from further integrated work with NHS (£464,000).

The following have been funded by the council for 2012/13:

Civic Pride (£700,000); Extra funds for road repairs (£538,000); Community Winter Resilience/ stock salt bins (£75,000); Modern Apprentice Scheme (£1 million); Graduate Employment Scheme (£100,000); Winter routes (£70,000); SWESTRANS retendering and enhanced services (£91,000); Early intervention/Early years (£320,000); Day Services Support (£66,000); High Street Facelift Scheme (£400,000); Increased Clothing Grant from £60 to £80 ((£56,000); Welfare and Benefits Advice (£92,000); Video Conferencing in Schools (£100,000); Kinship Care (£30,000); Policy Support - South of Scotland Alliance (£30,000); Increase in living wage (£20,000); Young Entrepreneur Scheme (£60,000).

The council will receive a grant of just over £315 million from the Scottish Government and will generate an income of over £61 million from council tax collection giving them a spending pot of £377 million.