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Council faces making cuts of 60m

Highland Council has warned that hundreds of jobs will have to be cut over the next three years as a result of £60m budget cuts.

The council has already agreed to make £13m worth of savings this year.

But its budget leader David Alston said there was expected to be a reduction in the level of funding passed down from the UK Government via the Scottish one.

He said all departments would examine where cutbacks could be made and he did not rule out some school closures.

The ruling administration set a budget of £598m for 2009/10, with councillors warning that cuts and job loses would have to be made.

The authority has also previously warned that it cannot meet demands for new housing from the public.

In February, Highland froze council tax levels for the second year running.

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