Service cuts and job losses ‘inevitable’ as local council looks to save £40m

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A finance convener has warned council tax increases, job losses, cuts in services and increases in charges are inevitable as the local authority attempts to balance its books.

Angus Macmillan Douglas, the Conservative Kirriemuir and Dean councillor, said the Angus council faced difficult decisions in an attempt to find £40 million of annual savings over the next three years.

Despite the Scottish Government’s budget going up next year, he said the council’s revenue budget was set to fall by about 20%.

The council said it had spent a long time searching for every conceivable efficiency saving and was already much leaner.

That trend will continue as Mr Macmillan Douglas warned it would become even tougher to protect the “most vulnerable” Angus residents from cuts.

He said the council was facing a huge task in finding necessary savings, thanks to successive budget cuts by the Scottish Government.

“We are expecting to have to find another £40m of annual savings over the next three years,” said the council’s depute leader.

“It is inevitable that Scottish Government cuts will cause council tax increases and yet more reductions in staff, cuts in services and increases in charges.

“We must prioritise even more clearly.”