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Dumfries and Galloway Council cut consultation closing

Council chamber
A final budget decision is due to be taken early next year

Public consultation is coming to a close on a list of potential council spending cuts in Dumfries and Galloway.

The latest forecasts show the local authority needs to fill a gap in its finances of about £3.5m.

It has carried out consultation across the region to help reach a final decision on where to make cutbacks.

Controversial plans to close centres for adults with learning difficulties were dropped but more than 100 education jobs still face the axe.

A total of 26 savings targets have been drawn up by the council.

If implemented in full they would cut about £5m from spending.

That exceeds the required target but has been designed to give the council greater flexibility.

Consultation closes on Friday but final budget decisions are not expected to be made until February next year.

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