Summary only: Edinburgh’s Budget Challenge

Closed 19 Dec 2014

Opened 3 Oct 2014

Feedback updated 17 Feb 2015

We asked

What are your priorities for the Council over the next three years? More than 3,500 responses were received to the Council’s budget engagement and the Council has listened.

You said

You said – early years support and education of children should be a priority for the Council. The Council is continuing its investment of £4m in the Early Years Change Fund to protect the quality of service delivered to the very youngest children. An additional £5m of investment is being made in school buildings and facilities to help meet the demands of rising school rolls. You said – don’t increase charges for allotments. The Council is not increasing charges and has asked for a wider review of the allotments service to explore other revenue options suggested by allotment holders as part of the consultation. You said – keep Edinburgh Leisure facilities open. The Council will continue to work with Edinburgh Leisure to ensure sports facilities remain open. You said – fix roads and pavements and encourage more people to cycle. The Council is investing an additional £5m in roads and pavements over what was planned – a total investment figure of £20m. The Council has also committed to spend 8% of the transport budget on the creation and maintenance of the city’s cycle infrastructure. You said – the Council should protect front line services and support vulnerable people, while finding efficiencies in administration and back-office services. The Council is implementing it’s “Organise to Deliver” and “Better Outcomes Leaner Delivery” programmes which will result in major structural changes to the organisation, reducing the overall number of staff, developing existing staff and giving more control of how services are managed to local communities.

We did

You can read about all the changes to the Council budget in 2015/16 on the Council website. A link to the report is included from the "Edinburgh's Budget Challenge" page above under "Related Information".


The City of Edinburgh Council is facing a budget challenge. We need to change the way we allocate resources across our services and reduce the amount of money we spend each year by 7% by 2018. So we have some decisions to make about where we invest our money and where we need to save.

This is your chance to have your say.

The Council has launched a consultation on its budget including both specific changes for 2015/16, and a detailed budget planner that can be used to express your priorities for the Council over the next three years.

More information about the different ways you can get involved is on the Council’s budget page.

Why your views matter

The Council wants residents to be involved in making decisions about services, especially where the Council invests over £800m of spending on services each year. By involving residents the Council hopes to raise awareness of what services it provides using public money and to prioritise those services that people most want and need.

What happens next

This consultation runs from 3 October 2014 to 19 December 2014. The results of this consultation will be reported to the Council’s Finances and Resources Committee in February 2015. The Council will publish the results of this consultation here and on its website. Where individual respondents gave their email address, they will be individually notified of the results and updated with the actions the Council takes as a result. This information will be available in Spring 2015 when the 2015/16 budget is finalised.


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