Council performs balancing act to protect services

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Residents will be hit in the pocket as Falkirk Council attempts to balance its books.

The local authority has been forced to put up rents and increase a raft of charges, including school meals and parking, in its bid to stay in the black.

As the budget for 2013-14 was agreed this afternoon, the council leader said it had been achieved with no closures and no compulsory redundancies.

Councillor Craig Martin said: “Once again we have been forced to make another £10.7 million of savings for next year.

“But yet again, we have produced a budget that will not be closing any schools, sports centres, libraries or council facilities.”

See tomorrow’s Falkirk Herald for full details.