The main parties have all now released their General Election manifestos, and the documents contain vastly different approaches to spending.
Self-styled “radical and ambitious” plans tend to always come with a cost.
Before Brexit fever hit Britain, economic spending announcements used to dominate elections.
Consumer confidence has fallen ahead of the crucial Christmas trading period as just a fifth think they will have more disposable income over the next year, research suggests.
Council spending on its fleet of vehicles is expected to go 60% over-budget this year.
The SNP accused the Labour-led administration of adding to a "debt pile" through "a range of spending commitments, guarantees, underwriting and borrowing".
"Away days" for council bosses could be axed to help battle savage budget cuts, the Evening Express can reveal today.