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Setting the Council Budget 2018/19

The City of Edinburgh Council is planning its budgets for 2018/19 and is looking for feedback from Edinburgh residents.

The changes that we face, just like other cities, continue:

  • Our population is changing and growing
  • Demand for our services, such as for schools and health and social care, is increasing all the time
  • Council income has not kept up with rising demand

In 2017/18 we invested over £900m on services for residents, businesses and visitors. We focused on the things you have told us are important like education, care for older people, culture and services for vulnerable children and adults.

We have saved around £240m since 2012/13 and continue to work more efficiently and prioritise our services. Even with this, we estimate that we need to save at least £21m by 2019, over £100m by 2021 and £150m by 2023.

Tell us what you think

Please visit our web pages at www.edinburgh.gob.uk/playyourpart to give us your views on our budget proposals for 2018/19. You can also register to come along to Question Time on Monday 27 November, where you can put a question to our panel of senior councillors.