Revenue Budget

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DUNDEE City Council will have to make savings of almost £16m in the next financial year to balance the books.

The £15.7m figure is in a report to go before councillors next week outlining the implications of the recent local government finance settlement.

The savings figure also takes into account cost pressures faced by the council.

Willie Sawers, depute convener of the policy and resources committee and spokesperson on finance, said: “This report allows us to make detailed plans on the way to make efficiencies and shape services for the future.

“Within that process, we will continue to do the very best we can for the people of this city and remain focused on our key priorities of jobs, social inclusion and quality of life.

“These three elements are at the heart of everything we do and there has been significant progress in each of these key priorities.

“We will approach the revenue budget process with the aim of protecting frontline services, and continuing our investment in people’s priorities including jobs, young people and reducing inequality.”

The report, to be discussed by the policy and resources committee on Monday (January 8) shows that the £15.7m savings figure is based on the assumption that the council agrees to the full package of measures related to the Local Government Finance Settlement announced by Scottish cabinet secretary Derek Mackay in December.

As part of the settlement local authorities will be allowed to increase the council tax by up to three per cent. A move which would generate £1.5m additional income in 2018/19 in Dundee.

Details of the grant settlement for the next financial year and the process for setting the revenue budget and council tax are covered in the report.

Councillor Sawers added: “We have a responsibility to clearly explain the financial position of the council and the implications this will have for services. We remain just as ambitious for Dundee and committed to making the city a better place for everyone who lives, works and studies here.”

Council officers are working on identifying administrative and technical budget savings which will have a positive impact on reducing the £15.7m.

Dundee City Council will set its budget at a special meeting of the policy and resources committee on Thursday February 22.

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