Public responds to budget consultation

FALKIRK Council is weighing up the public responses to its recent budget consultation, as it faces having to save £13m in the next financial year.

A survey on where residents thought potential cuts and extra revenue could come from drew the biggest-ever response to a budget consultation.

At Wednesday's Falkirk Council meeting, a majority of councillors voted to accept 'under protest' a 2.6 per cent Scottish Government funding cut for next year.

Conditions to the package include a council tax freeze and maintaining police officer numbers.

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