Tayside and Central Scotland

Dundee City Council outlines potential budget cuts

Dundee City Council's administration group has outlined where savings of £3.3m could be made in the 2015/16 budget.

The authority needs to save £7.3m across the financial year, and £30m in total by 2018 in order to maintain the council tax freeze.

The £3.3m of potential savings identified goes alongside £3.6m of technical "back room" savings which have no impact on the public.

The budget is to be agreed next month.

Potential cuts proposed by the SNP administration group include cutting street cleaning crews from three workers to two as part of a review of ground maintenance services, saving £157,000 in 2015/16 and £507,000 the following year.

Four education resource worker posts could also be cut due to the recent addition of 18 school and family development workers, although staff would be reassigned as part of the council's commitment to make no compulsory redundancies.

'Minimal impact'

School sports facilities could be transferred to arms-length body Leisure and Culture Dundee, along with the city box office and other property, while the Bruce Street family support centre could be closed.

It is also proposed that the authority sign up to the Council Advertising Network to sell advertising space on the council's website and intranet.

Administration finance spokesman Willie Sawers said the cuts would make little difference to life for most Dundonians.

He said: "This will have a minimal impact on service provision, and I don't imagine most people in the city will see any negative impact.

"Every year we try to minimise any impact on service delivery - we make what changes we can behind the scenes."

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