- Let's talk about saving and spending
Let's talk about saving and spending
Saving and spending 2014/15
On 13 February 2014 Council agreed how it would save and spend money in 2014/15. We needed to save £36 million and decide how best to spend nearly £950 million.
Groups and individuals from across Edinburgh helped shape the decisions made by giving their feedback on the plans for saving and spending. If you would like more detail about the feedback, read the full report on the feedback we received. This budget has been approved while continuing to meet the Capital Coalition Pledges which were agreed by Council in May 2012.
Here’s a summary of the main decisions made, where savings are being made and how your feedback helped shape the budget:
- Not going ahead with proposals to share librarians between schools
- Not reducing additional support for learning services
- Not increasing class sizes for English and Maths in S1 and S2 for pupils who are experiencing literacy or numeracy difficulties
- Not going ahead with proposed reduction in fees paid to new kinship carers.
There will also be:
- increased funding for supported bus services: an extra £120,000 in 2014/15
- continued funding for cycling initiatives: £1.8 million (7% of the transport budget for 2014/15)
- no reduction to funding for Police Scotland.
In addition, savings will focus on:
- delivering savings through transforming procurement, that is the way we buy products and services
- making more improvements to the way we and our partners manage and deliver services
- maximising income generation
- reducing our carbon footprint and generating income through strategic energy projects
- reducing sickness absence to 4% across the organisation
- maximising savings by making better use of the Council’s property estate.
You can read more about the decisions made in our key service areas using the links below.