£2.5m windfall for East Ren Council

Council leader Jim Fletcher and chief financial officer Margaret McCrossan will be going back to the drawing board to take account of the extra cash
Council leader Jim Fletcher and chief financial officer Margaret McCrossan will be going back to the drawing board to take account of the extra cash

East Renfrewshire Council’s 2017/18 budget proposals have been thrown into disarray - but it’s not worrying them at all!

That’s because, following last weeks deal between the SNP and the Green Party at Holyrood, East Ren have been handed a windfall of £2.546m in extra funding.

The council are meeting today (Thursday) to discuss how best to use the extra money.

Meanwhile, the council have confirmed to The Extra that they will increase the living wage to £8.45 per hour, will not institute any compulsory redundancies, will not cut frontline services and will continue to modernise systems and departments to achieve the level of savings required.

But, with an overall savings gap of £7.22m for 2017/18, that means the council still has some way to go.

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