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Council faces cuts of above 20m

Highland Council is facing cuts in expenditure of more than 20m each year for the next two years to balance its books.

Each service has been asked to find savings of 5%.

Budget leader David Alston previously warned there was a 19.6m gap in the council's 2009/10 budget - almost 14m as the result of rising energy costs.

Energy bills are expected to rise substantially in the next financial year due to contracting arrangements.



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