Agreement on way forward for Falkirk Council to save cash

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Opposition members demanded a special meeting to consider advice from local government experts about how Falkirk Council can improve services - and save money.

The unscheduled ‘sit down’ called by the SNP Group followed a report from town hall watchdogs, the Accounts Commission, that criticised the way things are being run.

A 10-point motion proposed sweeping changes including:

* cutting the membership of the Executive

* reviewing Standing Orders to deliver ‘fairness and accountability’

* setting up a cross-party working group to prepare the budget.

An invitation from council leader Craig Martin that he, Provost Pat Reid and SNP Group leader Cecil Meiklejohn meet to talk through the suggestions in greater detail was agreed.

SNP spokesman Councillor David Alexander said: “The request for the special meeting following the Accounts Commission comments was to agree the timetable for a working plan to be put in place to take things forward.”

Councillor Martin said: “The improvements requested by the Commission are our priority.”