Scottish council has revealed a £70m black hole in its finances for next year.

Local authorities are legally required to set a balanced budget.

But Highland Council says it faces a projected budget gap of £60-70m in 2024-25 and the impact could be “disastrous” for the area.

The warning comes after First Minister Humza Yousaf announced he will freeze council tax across Scotland.

That move was made without the agreement of councils body Cosla, in breach of the Verity House Agreement. It is not yet known how much it will cost.

Highland Council has said there will be “considerable uncertainty” around this until the Scottish Government announces its budget in December.

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