£780m budget passed

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COUNCILLORS have voted through North Lanarkshire’s £780 million budget.

Key priorities to emerge included tackling youth unemployment, and improving front-line services.

Other announcements which had been previously flagged up and were formally approved included scrapping parking charges at council-owned car parks, and building 1000 council houses by 2020.

Jim McCabe, leader of the Labour-run authority, accused the Scottish Government of holding a gun to the council’s head by threatening penalties if certain conditions such as the frozen council tax, were not met.

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