Nine councillors in Aberdeen remain suspended from the Labour Party until next year.
All nine members of the Aberdeen Labour group were suspended after going into coalition with the Conservatives and the Independent group following elections in May.
The Scottish Executive Committee (SEC) of the Labour Party held a meeting over the weekend and confirmed the councillors will remain suspended until after the budget.
A spokesman for the committee said: “The local government budget process will be the first real opportunity for the administration in Aberdeen to demonstrate their commitment to challenging austerity, as well as protecting public services and its workforce.
“The SEC will keep this matter under review until then.”