Op­po­si­tion par­ties pre­pare own bud­gets

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Court Reports -

DUNDEE’S Labour and Lib Dem groups plan to put for­ward al­ter­na­tive bud­gets.

Labour leader Kevin Keenan said to­day: “We will re­view the po­si­tion be­fore next Thurs­day in the hope to min­imise fur­ther cuts in ser­vices.

“We would in­crease the coun­cil tax by 3% and use that to reverse some of the dev­as­tat­ing cuts in Dundee over re­cent years.

“Ed­u­ca­tion has suf­fered and needs to be res­cued.

“We pro­pose to lay aside £200,000 to at­tract teach­ers in­clud­ing in sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy and math­e­mat­ics.

“We would al­lo­cate £910,000 to de­liver an ad­di­tional early years prac­ti­tioner in each of our 35 pri­mary schools.

“We also pro­pose to em­ploy a fur­ther two wel­fare rights and ad­vice work­ers at the cost of £68,000.

“We would also spend £4.6m on pave­ment re­con­struc­tion and re­pairs as well as im­prove­ments to grassed ar­eas.

“We also in­tend to em­ploy three ded­i­cated dog war­dens at a cost of £90,000 to keep our streets free from dog foul­ing.”

Lib Dem leader Fraser Macpher­son said: “I will be propos­ing no gen­eral in­crease in the coun­cil tax.

“I can also achieve an i mprove­ment i n road main­te­nance fund­ing, to­gether with min­imis­ing the in­crease in charges for bulky up­lifts to avoid fly tip­ping through­out the city.

“I also feel we should make some in­roads into re­duc­ing car park­ing charges.”

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