Funding “joy” means cutbacks won’t be as bad ... it’s hoped!

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SEVERE cutbacks planned for East Dunbartonshire may not be as bad as first feared, the Herald can reveal.

The council has been told it will receive £191.185million from the Scottish Government in 2012/13, £190.899million in 2013/14 and £190.999million in 2014/15.

The figures – produced after discussions with COSLA – are an improvement on estimates by council officers.

It is now hoped the council, which is in the middle of making more than £30million in savings over just three years, will be able to spare services highly valued by residents in a recent consultation.

The figures will be discussed at a special council meeting tomorrow (Thursday).

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “The terms of the settlement are better than we had forecast, however, we are still under pressure to make savings in order for us to deal with the significant challenges we face over the next three years.

“We will now be able to minimise spending reductions which impact on our customers, particularly the most vulnerable members of our community.”