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STIRLING ASKS GOVT TO PAY ITS£3M DUNBLANE TRAGEDY COSTS

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Stirling Council is to ask the Scottish Office to meet the estimated£3m costs incurred by the authority in coping ...
Stirling Council is to ask the Scottish Office to meet the estimated £3m costs incurred by the authority in coping with the Dunblane tragedy, reports The Scotsman (p7).

Tom Coll, chair of the council's policy and resources committee, said: 'This is money that is being well spent so that the people of Dunblane receive the help and support they need to get them through this terrible time.

'The council does not begrudge one penny of its but we do need help to pay the bills.'

The bill includes over £900,000 for social work services, £750,000 for education costs, and £550,000 for police.

The social work costs include the bill for a 24-hour counselling service to help bereaved families.

A Scottish Office spokesman said official have agreed to meet with council officers to discuss the matter, reports the paper. He said the request would be received sympathetically.

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