Council announce savings will be decided February 14th
Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
Published at 15:58 GMT on Sunday 20th January, 2013.
 
NORTH Lanarkshire Council has dated its savings D-day.
 
North Lanarkshire Council will set its budget and determine its savings at a meeting of the council on Thursday 14th February, with £105 million options to choose from.
 
In October last year the council published options for savings totalling £105 million from which an estimated £73.3m could be required in financial years 2013/14 to 2015/6.
 
Proposals included increasing cemetery plot charges, the introduction of a fee for successful Blue Badge applications and the amalgamation of Abronhill and Cumbernauld High School.
 
Following a widespread consultation exercise the council will determine the savings required.
 
Council leader Jim McCabe said: "We have scrutinised every single option over many hours of meetings. I will put forward a package for consideration by the council which best protects frontline services and jobs and takes into account some of the very strong views expressed during the consultation.
 
"We didn't make this challenge, which comes as a result of unprecedented cuts handed down by the UK and Scottish Governments. But we have to deal with it, and we have done so responsibly by examining every option and every detail to ensure we produce a package of savings which best serves North Lanarkshire and the most vulnerable in our communities."
 
At the meeting on 14th February the council will set its budget for 2013/14 and approve rent levels for council tenants. The capital programme for 2013/14 will also be determined.
 
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