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Leader slams ‘black hole’ austerity budget

North Ayrshire Council’s leader has rejected the SNP government’s budget offer, which he says will leave a £17 million black hole in the council’s finances.

Labour Councillor Joe Cullinane turned down the offer from SNP finance secretary Derek Mackay, who has written to Scottish councils with his budget proposals.

Councillor Joe Cullinane said the offer came with a ‘threatening’ ultimatum from the SNP chief that any council not accepting it by January 26 would get an even worse deal.

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