Falkirk residents face cuts and price rises

Savings need to be made if Falkirk Council is to balance its books

Savings need to be made if Falkirk Council is to balance its books

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Job cuts, increased charges and a reduction in services have been agreed as Falkirk Council attempts to balance its books in the next two years.

Administration councillors said they knew many of the decisions would be unpopular and they took them “with a heavy heart”.

However, council leader, Councillor Craig Martin, said they were “no longer masters of our destiny” as local government was being underfunded compared to other areas of the public sector.

Although not scheduled to be introduced until 2016/17, pupils will spend two and a half hours less in the classroom in a cash-saving move. But Mr Martin stressed everything possible would be done to find the £1.91 million saving to avoid its implementation.

Green wheelie bin waste will only be collected every four weeks from next year, with charges for school meals and elderly day care increasing.

Public toilets will be closed, while Oakbank care home in Polmont will also shut after being deemed unfit for purpose.