North Lanarkshire Council sets its budget
North Lanarkshire Council has set its budget, incorporating £57 million in cuts over the next three years, after the Labour and Conservative groups joined forces to pass shared proposals.
The special full council meeting was chaired by Provost Jean Jones who called for a minute’s silence in honour of all those who had died from coronavirus.
A freeze on council tax, supported by £4.6 million in Scottish Government funding, was agreed unanimously.
Following a debate the budget was passed at 36 votes to 30 with three abstentions.
Details from the budget include:
Christmas lights to be reinstated across North Lanarkshire, and previous reductions to the number of grit bins available to residents to be reversed.
An additional £3.95 million for adult social care;
An increase in clothing and footwear grants from £110 to £140 for eligible children.
An additional £500,000 for local development programme projects.
An extra £400,000 to enhance vocational education projects for young people.
£400,000 for the anti-social behaviour taskforce to ensure private homeowners are able to access the same support as council tenants.
An additional £300,000 for grants to owner-occupiers to ensure those in mixed tenure buildings can contribute to structural upgrades.
A range of environmental improvements were also announced including
£250,000 for upgrades to existing cemeteries, including improved paths.