Nicola Sturgeon was yesterday challenged over multi-million pound cuts to schools and public services in the north and north-east.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has warned public spending cuts may be needed to deal with a £1billion black hole in the Scottish budget.
Highland councillors are today debating proposals that could see them spending £2.5m to help facilitate cuts of more than £37m.
Highland Council’s decision to target children with Additional Support Needs (ASN) as part of budget savings has been met with fresh fury after it emerged the north has a massively above-average rate of diagnosed pupils.
Highland Council’s administration yesterday got its budget of £37.5million savings through yesterday - but there were concerns inside and outside the chamber over cuts to education.
Theresa May yesterday told the SNP to empower local government instead of “hoarding power” at Holyrood after Moray Council cuts were raised at Prime Minister’s Questions.
Crisis talks will be held between council leaders and community groups this week to identify ways to cut millions from the budget.
Moray Council leaders have warned they have to make £7.3million worth of extra cuts to balance their books following Derek Mackay’s budget.
A Moray councillor has admitted he fears the next budget will hit residents hard.
Calls were made yesterday to ensure pupils facing fee hikes for music lessons could still learn to play instruments at school.
The Scottish budget is going to be debated in the parliament next week – this is a worrying time for those who depend on public services.
The GMB Union welcomed news that the Highland Council had vetoed proposals to axe 300 specialist teaching roles in schools.
Hundreds of classroom assistant jobs - including dozens working with children with additional needs – have been saved from council cuts after a public outcry.
Inverness autism campaigner urges parents to take action over proposed cuts to additional support staff
An Inverness mother who battled for 10 years to get her son diagnosed with autism has urged parents to fight council plans to cut support staff in schools.
A war of words has erupted over Moray Council’s plan to close half of the region’s school libraries, with the move being branded “educational vandalism”.
Schools are to be hit hard by swingeing cuts as Highland Council attempts to make £25.8 million savings - with 40 teachers facing the axe.
Moray Council has now begun a massive consultation with residents across the region to ask them their views on the cuts.
Fears have been raised that closing Elgin Town Hall could be “a disaster” for the performing arts across Moray.
A senior Tory councillor who broke ranks from his party and quit in protest over secret plans to axe vital services has been accused of spreading “fear and alarm”.
School crossing patrollers, public toilets, community centres and libraries are all under threat in a savage council savings plan that has caused a senior Tory councillor to quit the party.
Tory welfare cuts will cost claimants in the north and north-east of Scotland £142million, according to new official analysis.
Tens of thousands of Highland residents are poised to be hit by a raft of new charges - and funding for grass-cutting, street cleaning and disabled people is to be slashed.
Details of £16.57million of cuts proposed by Highland Council in secret budget papers:
Angry Aberdeen council leaders have claimed new figures show the city is in line for a funding cut of more than £40million from the Scottish Government.
Lollipop men and women could be axed in Moray as part of the council's extreme cost-cutting drive.
Moray's rural schools could face a fresh closure threat following public talks on how to resolve the council's budget crisis.
Aberdeen's ruling cross-party administration has penned an open letter to the citizens of Aberdeen explaining why they have to make £26million of cuts to their budget.
Local authority chiefs in Moray want to raise council tax by as much as 18% to help pay for vital services.
Health chiefs in the north warned yesterday they will have to slash their spending by £16million over the next year - and staff costs will bear the brunt of the cuts.
The scale of the substantial financial funding gap facing Western Isles Council has deepened by a third to nearly £12 million over the coming three years it emerged yesterday.
Highland Council has done a U-turn on its unpopular proposal to reduce the length of the school week for primary pupils - but only for one year.
Highland Council's Independent group has unanimously agreed to fight the administration's proposed budget cuts claiming they would have "devastating impacts" on local communities.