Council budget 2014/15

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. We showed how the Council spends its money and gave information on the savings proposed in a presentation in 2013.

Groups and individuals from across Edinburgh helped shape the decisions made by giving their feedback on the plans for saving and spending. This budget has been approved while continuing to meet the Capital Coalition Pledges which were agreed by Council in May 2012.

Here is a summary of the main decisions made, where savings are being made and how your feedback helped shape the budget.

The Council decided

  • not to go ahead with proposals to share librarians between schools
  • not to reduce additional support for learning services
  • not to increase class sizes for English and Maths in S1 and S2 for pupils who are experiencing literacy or  numeracy difficulties
  • not to go ahead with proposed reduction in fees paid to new kinship carers.

There will be

  • increased funding for supported bus services: an extra £120,000 in 2014/15
  • continued funding for cycling initiatives of £1.8 million - 7% of the transport budget for 2014/15
  • no reduction to funding for Police Scotland.

Savings will focus on

  • 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.

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