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Glasgow City Council plans 30m spending cuts

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Glasgow City Council, Scotland's largest local authority, is considering cuts of about £30m next year.

Options being proposed include reducing opening hours at some smaller museums and charging for some children to receive school breakfasts.

There are also plans to cut 228 middle-management jobs, although the council promised there would be no compulsory redundancies next year.

Councils are to receive almost £12bn from the Scottish government next year.

Finance Secretary John Swinney said last month it was "a fair settlement" in the tightest financial times since devolution.

The Scotland-wide settlement includes £70m for local authorities to freeze their council tax.

Glasgow City Council is considering cutting spending by shutting smaller museums and galleries on Mondays - though not big ones such as Kelvingrove and the Gallery of Modern Art.

One public library is also earmarked for closure, as are some day centres and community centres.

The council gets about 80% of its money from the Scottish government.

It claimed it should have been entitled to a greater increase in government support next year but said it would live within its means.



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