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Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire councils confirm budget freeze

Aberdeen City Council headquarters
Image caption Aberdeen City Council was meeting on Thursday afternoon

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire councils have confirmed a council tax freeze as they set their budgets.

The freezes are in line with an agreement with the Scottish government.

Aberdeen City Council leader Barney Crockett spoke of a "historic and balanced" budget.

Aberdeenshire's budget was agreed by 37 votes to 29, with two no votes. Moray Council earlier agreed to £7m in budget savings. This includes library closures.

However, planned classroom assistant redundancies were reduced by about half.

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