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Aberdeen identifies £127m in savings

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Aberdeen City Council has identified £127m of savings in a report.

Education, sport and culture face the largest cutbacks in the proposals outlined to councillors in Aberdeen.

The council said achieving the savings - £48m of which are regarded as having a “high implementation risk” - would change the nature of how city services are delivered.

Aberdeen City Council’s corporate management team has spend five months looking at how the local authority can perform essential functions on a reduced budget.

The result is the Priority Based Budgeting Final Draft Report which covers more than 200 services and includes 750 spending options.

The five-year proposals will go before councillors in December.

Around 100 information points have been set up across the city to allow local people to have their say on spending and services.

Residents can also submit comments online.

Chief executive Sue Bruce, left, said: “We are being open and honest with the people of Aberdeen as we plan to change the way services are delivered in the future in response to the significant reduction in resources that we and the rest of the public sector are facing.

“We will be a leaner organisation in the future, delivering less ourselves but enabling other organisations to deliver and helping citizens to launch community-led initiatives.

“I am confident that close working with our partners in the public, private and voluntary services will generate new ways of delivering the services that reflect the city’s priorities and that, despite the global financial problems affecting us all, we will continue to live in a thriving city with first-class services.”

The review identified more than a third (37%) of the proposed overall savings in education, culture and sport.

Social care and wellbeing represents 19% of cuts and enterprise, planning and infrastructure 18%.

The report will be to the Finance and Resources Committee on December 2 and to the full council meeting on December 15.

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