Highland Council identifies £3.5m shortfall in budget

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Highland Council has identified a £3.5m shortfall in its budget for next year after having already agreed £12m of savings.

In a report to be considered by councillors next week, officers said the local authority needed to address the gap in 2014-15.

The report recommends that a thorough review of spending be done before deciding what to do next.

Potential savings could include shortening school days and weeks.

The idea has been looked at previously by staff and councillors.

In August last year, the council said shortening school days for P4 and 5 pupils at rural schools by 30 minutes could save £3.2m a year.

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