D-day on cutbacks approaching for cash-strapped council

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A DECISION on where to slash £73.3million at North Lanarkshire Council is approaching.

The cuts were due to be discussed at a meeting of the policy and resources committee on December 6.

However, council leader Jim McCabe told the elected members that a special meeting would be held at a later date.

Councillor McCabe said: “The savings are of vital importance to both the council and our residents. We cannot be rushed into a decision.

“The options we choose will have huge implications for everyone in North Lanarkshire and they require careful consideration.

“We did not create this problem – that is down to the UK and Scottish Governments – but we have to deal with it and deal with it properly.

“People trust us to make the right decisions and above all else we have to strike a balance between preserving vital frontline services and saving money.”

The move follows a six-week consultation with local residents. More than 3,000 responses were received during the exercise.

See this week’s paper for more on this story.

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