Officials at Falkirk Council were surprised when two neighbouring local authorities agreed to team up to deliver some services – and they were left out in the cold.
Discussions had been taking place with Stirling and Clackmannanshire over cost-saving measures as Scotland's councils prepared for millions of pounds to be wiped off their budgets for next year.
But at the end of last month Falkirk discovered the other two planned to work in partnership to deliver education and social work services.
The move has now been agreed by councillors from both authorities.
It is understood that currently talks are ongoing with other councils and organisations to determine which possible link ups would benefit Falkirk.
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