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ABERDEENSHIRE SNP GROUP CALLS FOR JUDICIAL REVIEW OF SCOTTISH EXECUTIVE'S FUNDING POLICY

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Aberdeenshire Council has warned that it may have to cut more than the expected 250 jobs in order to meet the gover...
Aberdeenshire Council has warned that it may have to cut more than the expected 250 jobs in order to meet the government's spending requirements, reports The Scotsman (p10).

The losses will cut across every department but the bulk of the redundancies are expected to fall on the education and recreation department.

Alan Campbell, chief executive, said that union officials had been given advance notice of 251 jobs which had been identified as being at risk as the council struggles to meet the£13m budget cuts.

He said he hoped that most of the job losses could be met through voluntary redundancy, but that it was not possible to rule out compulsory redundancies.

Meanwhile, the Scottish National Party group on the council yesterday called on Jack McConnell, the Scottish finance minister, to be taken to court over his handling of the budget crisis. Leaders of the main opposition group are to table a motion calling for a judicial review to examined the 'perceived unfair treatment' meted out to the authority by the Scottish executive.

A spokesman for Mr McConnell said last night that spending guidelines had been determined by a formula agreed with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and that the council had already been granted an extra year to bring its spending within guidelines because of its situation.

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