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DEMO PLANNED FOR BUDGET MEETING

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THE UNITE union is set to lobby Argyll and Bute Council’s headquarters on Thursday (February 11) before councillors consider the budget.

 

Saying ‘the most vulnerable and discriminated against will be the hardest hit’ by the proposed cuts, union members will greet councillors as they arrive to consider the options.

The union say 600 council jobs are at risk.

Budget papers released on Friday show that, despite an extensive public consultation, nearly all of the council’s ‘service choices’ cuts options remain up for discussion at Thursday’s meeting as members attempt to slash £8m from council spending.

The possible cuts include closing 43 public toilets, grassing over shrubbed and planted areas like Dunoon’s Castle Gardens and Rose Garden, scrapping all of the council’s secondary school librarians, cutting classroom assistant and clerical staff numbers in primary and secondary schools by 20 per cent, getting rid of school crossing patrollers, and reducing financial help for local advice services such as CAB.

We understand at least one alternative budget, favouring a completely new way of delivering services, will be put before councillors on Thursday.

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