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5% price hike approved for many Moray Council services


By Alistair Whitfield

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Moray Council has voted this morning to increase charges for many of its services by an above inflation figure of 5%.

It was successfully argued during an ongoing meeting of the local authority's policy and resources committee that the increases were necessary to put the council on a more commercial setting.

Some services will be not be subject to the 5% increase. These include school dinners and school music lessons, which will remain at their current rates.

However the charge for collecting brown bins will go up by more than 5% – rising from £36 to £40.

It was stated that this would raise an extra £72,000 for the cash-strapped authority.

The council's chairman Aaron McLean (Forres, SNP) said the rise in the cost of brown bin permits will bring the council into line with the Highlands.

He said: "We will still be a long way from being the highest in Scotland."

An amendment put forward by Tim Eagle (Buckie, Conservative) to exempt harbour charges from the 5% increase was defeated by nine votes to four.

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