2018/19 Council Budget Engagement

Closed 19 Dec 2017

Opened 8 Nov 2017


Edinburgh is a great and growing city, home to more than half a million people, all of whom use services provided by the City of Edinburgh Council. The Council is committed to maintaining high quality services, meeting the needs of all residents and visitors, and investing in the future success of the city.
The Council has saved around £240m since 2012 by improving the way services are managed, enhancing access to services online and prioritising services. Even with these substantial savings, the Council continues to face challenges from the long-term budget pressures in the form of reduced or constrained funding, rising costs and rising demand for services.
However, the Council estimates that it will need to save a further £150m by 2023.
You can read a summary of the financial pressures and the proposals for the Council's 2018/19 budget in our budget spending and savings leaflet or the same information as a word document.
You can also read the detailed proposals for 2018/19, which is the same information considered by Councillors.
You can give us your views on these proposals using the survey link below.

Why your views matter

The challenges the Council faces will require further change to the way services operate, it will require the Council to work more effectively with partners to meet the needs of shared customers, and it will require difficult decisions about the role of local government in the provision of some services. It is therefore essential that citizens of Edinburgh and all other stakeholders have a voice in that process.

What happens next


Thank you to everyone who took the time to feedback on our budget proposals.

You can read the feedback report here.

Your feedback will be used by Councillors when they are making decisions on setting the Council’s budget on Thursday 22 February 2018.

You can watch the meeting live or as a recording here



  • Question Time

    From 27 Nov 2017 at 19:15 to 27 Nov 2017 at 20:45

    A 'Question Time' event was held at the City Chambers to give members of the public the opportunity to quiz our panel of senior councillors on changes to council services.

    The proceedings were chaired by Euan McGrory, Deputy Editor of the Evening News, Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, and broadcast live via the Council website. A link to the webcast can be found in the 'Related' section below.


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