Council Budget 2016-2020

Budget spending and savings in 2016-2020

In 2017/18, we invested over £900m on services for residents, businesses and visitors. We focused on the things you've told us are important like

  • £42m on recycling, waste and street cleaning
  • more than £25m on the city's roads and pavements
  • we will build another two new secondary and 10 new primary schools
  • £227m on schools, including £164m for teachers and £19m for support assistants
  • £8m towards providing high-quality leisure facilities in the city through Edinburgh Leisure
  • over £6m supporting a wide range of festivals and events within the city - bringing £313 million to the city's economy
  • over £70m on children's social work and more than £170m for care services for older people and those with physical and/or learning disabilities
  • we are spending almost £125m on housing services. Along with our housing association partners, we've committed to build 20,000 new affordable homes and low-cots ownership homes by 2020.

Like other cities, Edinburgh is changing

  • our population is changing and growing
  • demand for our services is increasing every year
  • Council income has not kept up with rising demand.

Since 2012/13, we have saved around £240m by working more efficiently and prioritising our services, including:

  • nearly £7m through making better use of our buildings and other assets
  • £47m through smarter buying of goods and services
  • £5m through sharing services within the Council and with other partners.

But, we estimate that we need to save at least £150m by 2023.

Speaking to residents 

We engage with residents and partner organisations every year before setting our budget. Read the feedback report on the budget proposals and engagement feedback.

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