Perth and Kinross Council may scrap free dog poo bags

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Cash-strapped council chiefs could scrap free dog poo bags as part of swingeing budget cuts.

Perth and Kinross Council distributes more than three million bags to dog walkers each year, at a cost of £15,000.

But the service could now be axed as the local authority prepares for its most challenging annual budget next month.

Conservative councillor Angus Forbes has warned the provision of free dog poo bags could end soon.

The Carse of Gowrie councillor said the suggestion to end free bags had been put to him by residents on social media.

He added: “Last year we scraped the bottom of the barrel in our hunt for savings. This year we are through the barrel and into the floor.”

Local Liberal Democrat group leader Peter Barrett warned that the council would have to make cuts that would be “highly visible and unpalatable” and blamed a reduction in Scottish Government funding.