Brace your­selves for even more cuts

McAvoy’s warn­ing as coun­cil faces £80m short­fall

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil is brac­ing it­self for over £80mil­lion worth of cuts over the next three years.

A re­port to coun­cil­lors on the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee has warned mem­bers the au­thor­ity will prob­a­bly have to slash £84.4m from the bud­get be­fore 2019 just to bal­ance the books.

And coun­cil leader Ed­die McAvoy this week warned res­i­dents to pre­pare them­selves for dam­ag­ing cuts to vi­tal ser­vices.

Mem­bers of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee are set to meet to­day ( Wed­nes­day) to dis­cuss the coun­cil’s fi­nan­cial strat­egy.

They will be told SLC is fac­ing over £36m of cuts next year, of which nearly £8m is down to the re­moval of the na­tional in­sur­ance re­bate.

The fig­ure is ex­pected to be £26.1m in 2017/18 and £22m in 2018/19.

Of­fi­cers have used a num­ber of as­sump­tions in cal­cu­lat­ing the fig­ures, such as a con­tin­u­a­tion of the coun­cil­tax freeze and pre­sumed cuts to the

Gear­ing up for cuts

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