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Aberdeen unveils budget cuts

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Aberdeen City Council has unveiled details of plans to cut up to£30m from its budget.

The north east Scottish authority’s revenue budget for 2009/10 requires corporate directors to each identify savings of up to 6%.

The savings are designed to give elected members the flexibility to deliver the£25m of cuts needed to balance the budget next year. The 2009/10 budget has been set at£459m.

The council faces a£50m funding gap, but the remainder of the savings will be pushed into the following financial year.

Under the package, the bulk of the savings will come from the learning budget (£10.3m) and social services (£8.5m).

Resources management convenor Cllr Kevin Stewart (SNP) said: “Difficult decisions are going to have to be made in the ongoing process of putting our finances on an even keel. But a massive amount of work has been undertaken by officers at all levels in drawing up the budget proposals to try to reduce the impact as far as possible on the services we provide.”

The budget proposals will be considered by the resources management committee on 25 November.

The committee will be recommended to agree a package of financial savings to go forward to the full council meeting on 17 December.

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