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North Lanarkshire Council ditches £2m staff savings plan

North Lanarkshire Council has dropped plans to make £2m of savings through changes to staff contracts.

The move was agreed as the authority approved its budget for 2014/2015.

In other measures, councillors agreed to freeze the cost of school meals and increase funding for breakfast clubs.

They also approved £1.7m to continue a programme for helping young people into work and an extra £3m towards existing budgets for making improvements to school buildings.

The council also agreed to support a feasibility study on food banks.

Councillor Jim Smith, depute leader of the council, said: "Times are still tough for many of our residents, and I'm delighted to announce that we are able to help them by freezing the cost of school meals and creating more of our hugely successful and award-winning breakfast clubs in schools.

"And, of course, we will continue to support our innovative Youth Investment Programme. When we set out to help 5,000 people into employment we took a bold and principled stance and I am pleased we can continue to support this."

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