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South La­nark­shire Coun­cil will not make a de­ci­sion on the 2017/18 bud­get un­til next month.

Coun­cil­lors had been due to at­tend a spe­cial meet­ing on Thurs­day of this week to vote on spend­ing pro­pos­als.

But Scot­tish fi­nance min­is­ter Derek Mackay has writ­ten to au­thor­i­ties ad­vis­ing them the cur­rent fi­nan­cial set­tle­ment is still a pro­vi­sional one.

An ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee is sched­uled for Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 8 with this a likely date for the next op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss the pack­age.

South La­nark­shire is fac­ing £22.461m of cuts, in­volv­ing 282 posts across coun­cil ser­vices.

The loss of posts, it has been pointed out, could be met through “nat­u­ral turnover, va­can­cies, early re­tire­ment and re­de­ploy­ment”.

Coun­cil leader Ed­die McAvoy has al­ready in­sisted that South La­nark­shire would not put up coun­cil tax charges - de­spite the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment end­ing a nineyear tax freeze deal with lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

The dead­line for set­ting the coun­cil’s £660m bud­get is March 11.

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