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.