Council Budget 2019-2023
We deliver a vast range of services to people who live and work in Edinburgh. In 2019/20 we’ll spend £1 billion on services. This includes:
- £66.7 million on new or refurbished primary and secondary schools across the city
- £59.3 million on early years services, doubling provision by April 2020
- £48.9 million for asset management works, as part of five-year £153 million investment programme
- £30 million towards fixing potholes and resurfacing roads, as part of four-year £125 million roads programme
- £11 million to upgrade street lighting to energy efficient LED lights
- £5 million in improving active travel and £2.4 million on cycling projects.
We’ll also invest more money in:
- health and social care: up to £15.7 million of additional investment to reflect increasing demand and new legislation
- homelessness: fund rapid access accommodation pilot and provide funding for one housing officer in each locality focussed on preventing homelessness which builds on the £2 million of extra investment included in the 2018/19 budget
- supported bus services: £250,000 towards enhanced services in rural west Edinburgh.
We'll also continue to spend in the services residents identified as being most important including:
- £7.3 million pupil equity funding aimed at addressing the attainment gap in schools
- £1.5 million additional funding for looked-after children (continued from 2018/19)
- £3 million additional funding to address rising rolls, including pupils in need of additional support.
We continue to face financial challenges because:
- of rising costs
- of increased demand on our services as our population changes and grows
- our income has not kept up with this rising demand.
Since 2012/13, we’ve saved around £250 million by working more efficiently and prioritising our services, but we estimate we must save a further £117 million by 2023.
So we must change how we deliver services and reduce spending in some areas. Our priorities will be to:
- deliver high quality services
- invest in prevention and early intervention
- support the growth of our city
- tackle poverty.