Council Leader welcomes Finance Secretary to City Chambers

Meeting is the first between Scottish Government and new council administrations since the election at the beginning of May

Andrew Burns and John SwinneyThe Council Leader Cllr Andrew Burns and Deputy Leader Cllr Steve Cardownie today hosted a visit by Finance Secretary John Swinney and Local Government Minister Derek Mackay.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth John Swinney said: "A strong and effective partnership between the Scottish Government and local government is central to improving quality of life for people across Scotland, and to delivering sustainable economic growth in a tight public sector spending environment.

"Edinburgh makes a significant contribution to Scotland's economy and success and today Derek Mackay and I met with council leaders in the capital to discuss the coalition's commitments to the people of this city. 

Cllr Andrew Burns said: "I was pleased to welcome the Ministers to the City Chambers and it is appropriate that the capital city was their first port of call when looking to set the partnership tone for the future.

"Our coalition is firmly committed to working in a co-operative way while listening and working with local people and other stakeholders to improve how decisions are made. We have over 50 pledges to the people of Edinburgh and we outlined our coherent programme and commitment to delivering those to the Ministers. Priority issues for discussion included our determination to complete the tram project and resolve the current property conservation issues. We also focused on promoting the City to investors, business rate receipts and Edinburgh's affordable homes crisis."

Deputy Leader Cllr Steve Cardownie added: "Clearly this is the start of a constructive ongoing relationship and I'm delighted this coalition is in the front line when looking to resolve some of the big ticket issues. We agreed that more detailed discussions would be followed up by our officials and then picked up again by us at a later date."

For the full news release please see the Scottish Government website.

Picture shows from L to R: Steve Cardownie, Andrew Burns, John Swinney and Derek Mackay (local government minister) outside the City Chambers.

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