Cuts are coming: East Dunbartonshire looks for £3 million savings

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CUTS of more than £3 million are on the way after East Dunbartonshire Council unveailed its financial settlement from the Scottish Government.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie warned that there are “difficult choices ahead” but pledged to protect front-line services.

The Scotish Government has agreed to give East Dunbartonshire £173.391 million for 2013/14.

This offer is contingent on the council accepting certain terms - including a Council Tax freeze, and for the education service, commitments on teacher/pupil ratios and probationers.

The authority was warned that if they do not accept all emelents of the offer, there could be financial penalties.

At a recent meeting, councillors voted to accept the deal,

Councillor Geekie said: “Councillors agreed to accept the finance offer from the Cabinet Secretary, accepting all of the elements of the offer so that we do not incur the financial penalty.

“This will mean that in East Dunbartonshire, we will need to make savings of £3.1 million for 2013/14.

“Now that we know the settlement for next year, officers are reviewing budgets in detail across the council to assess the financial pressures on the cost of our current level of service in advance of us setting the council’s revenue budget for 2013/14 in February of next year.

“Like all councils we anticipate we will have difficult choices ahead but as always we will prioritise front-line services and make sure we protect the most vulnerable in our communities.”