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Scottish Borders Council debates £2.4m spending cuts

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Image caption The council has proposed the cuts in anticipation of a £16m reduction in its budget next year

Scottish Borders Council is to meet to discuss plans to cut £2.4m from the local authority's spending this year.

The changes were agreed by the authority's executive in the summer and will now go before the full council.

If approved, education and lifelong learning would see the biggest reduction, losing almost £1.5m from its annual budget.

The authority is considering the move in advance of an anticipated budget reduction of £16m next year.

The action would mean that recruitment of a dozen teachers, intended to reduce primary school class sizes, would not take place.

In the social work department, charges for some home care services would be introduced.

The new proposals are expected to bring in an extra £140,000 in this financial year and £335,000 the following year.

It means that existing and new service users will be charged for things that used to be free - including meals, transport and residential services.

The council said the aim was to keep as many people living in their own homes as possible but that, in light of the financial situation, changes had to be made.

The effects of any new charging system would be monitored and kept under review, it said.

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