Taken Directly from NLC’s Facebook feed:
“The council set its budget for 2020/21 today as councillors faced difficult choices to reduce the amount the council has to spend by £31million.
A council tax rise of 4.84% was approved and councillors rejected options which would have seen the cessation of music groups including the world champion North Lanarkshire Schools pipe band, and a reduction in the management fee to culture and leisure services in North Lanarkshire.
Councillor Jim Logue, leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: “We were faced with choices that no councillor wished to take. The fact is that local government revenue grant from the Scottish Government falls far short of the money required to continue to fund council services at current levels.
“So we had a difficult task. No councillor enters local government to make these kinds of cuts. However, the council has approved a budget which does its very best to protect the most vulnerable people in North Lanarkshire.
See more on our budget page here: https://crowd.in/K2G9nK “
The full approved budget proposal can be found here. It makes for some interesting reading and upsetting decisions.