Council budget 2015/16

Saving and spending in 2015/16

On 12 February 2015 the Council agreed how it would save and spend money in 2015/16. We needed to save £22 million and decide how best to spend our £949 million budget.

Groups and individuals from across Edinburgh helped shape the decisions by giving their feedback on the plans for saving and spending. You can read more detail about the feedback in the budget engagement report, which you can download below.

Here's a summary of the main decisions, including where savings are being made and how your feedback helped shape the budget. At the bottom of the page you can download a summary of all our budget decisions.

Key decisions 

Following the public engagement, the Council is now

  • maintaining funding for external homelessness services
  • continuing to collect winter garden waste
  • working with Edinburgh Leisure to ensure sports facilities remain open
  • not increasing allotment charges pending a wider service review
  • reviewing taxicards
  • protecting community centres from closure in 2015/16
  • reviewing licence costs to ensure that local communities are still able to hold events
  • providing an additional £5.4 million for property repairs and planned maintenance of the Council's buildings
  • increasing investment in roads and pavements by £5m.

The Council will close around ten of the least-used public toilets to save £300,000 but will keep others open, as well as working with partners to open up their toilets to the public.

The Council is investing an extra £5 million in our schools. This is to support the increase in the number of pupils attending them.

The increase in council housing rent in 2015/16 will be limited to inflation. This is the lowest annual rise for over a decade.

Some third party funding will be changed to make sure that children and young adults are getting the best possible services.

Key savings 

Savings will focus on

  • transforming the way we buy products and services
  • implementing BOLD
  • maximising income generation
  • making more improvements to the way we and our partners manage and deliver services
  • reducing our carbon footprint and generating income through strategic energy projects
  • reducing sickness absence to 4% across the organisation
  • making better use of the Council's buildings.

You can see where money comes from and how it is spent, including the proportion we spend on each of our priorities. 

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