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Aberdeen City Council [Pic: Aberdeen City Council]
The savings have to be approved by the full council

Savings of £23m recommended by Aberdeen City Council officials have been accepted, which would see a reduction in staffing of 447.

Among the proposals accepted include cutting the number of the authority's teachers by 84.

However, plans to close primary schools have been deferred.

The council administration accepted the savings of just over £23m, but this has still to be approved by the full council next week.

Depute leader of the council Kevin Stewart said: "The severe economic downturn and its far-reaching impact on the public sector has forced us to make some extremely difficult budget decisions."

He said he believed the majority of job losses at the authority could still be achieved voluntarily.

Plans to close the Tollbooth and Provost Skene's House museums, along with Pets Corner at Hazlehead, were rejected.

And there will be no entry fee to Duthie Park Winter Gardens.



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