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EDINBURGH UA URGES FULLY FUNDED TRANSITIONAL PROGRAMMES

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If new Scottish authorities are to succeed, their transitional programme must be fully funded and no half-measures ...
If new Scottish authorities are to succeed, their transitional programme must be fully funded and no half-measures should be applied, Edinburgh's joint finance spokesman said on Friday.

Announcing the City of Edinburgh revenue budget discussed today, Cllr Brian Weddell said:

'This is the first opportunity that the new City of Edinburgh council has had to look at spending implications in the shadow year up to 31 March 1996.

'The budget has been drawn up based on five main areas of anticipated shadow council's expenditure by the Scottish Office, along side our stated aim to introduce the new City of Edinburgh council on 1 April 1996 as a dynamic, new local government organisation capable of delivering the service needs of its area.

'While we will continue to review and refine the basis the basis of these estimates as further information becomes available, it is clear that in line with COSLA's findings and the experiences of other authorities in the shadow year, the Scottish Office settlement falls considerably short of our identified costs.'
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