The City of Edinburgh Council sets out spending proposals for 2014/15

The City of Edinburgh Council has published its draft budget for 2014/15 which is now available for residents and key stakeholders to give feedback on – five months ahead of proposals being finalised.

At a meeting of the Finance & Budget Committee last week (Thursday 19 September), a report on the draft budget was approved by councillors.

Councillor Alasdair Rankin and Councillor Bill Cook, Convener and Vice Convener of the Finance and Budget Committee, issued a joint statement following the publication of the proposals.

Cllr Alasdair Rankin said: “Today we start the process of extensively engaging with the public on our full budget proposals. With a one billion pound budget it is only fair that the people of Edinburgh get to have their say on where the money should be spent and we’ll be actively trying to seek feedback from the city's residents, local groups and stakeholders.

“Despite the obvious challenges we face with the economic downturn, welfare reform and reduced funding from central government, the Council is still committed to delivering high quality public services that improve the lives of the city’s residents. Our commitment is to protecting frontline services and investing our money wisely in those core areas set out in the Capital Coalition pledges.”

Cllr Bill Cook said: “This is the chance for the public to tell us what is important to them. We are setting the bar for all other local authorities by publishing the draft budget even earlier – giving us more time to listen to the views of residents, the local community and other interest groups. 

“Several budget decisions which we made in February of this year for the 2013/14 budget – such as doubling funding in roads and increasing our investment in education were influenced by feedback we received from the public.”

The full budget proposals can be accessed at
www.edinburgh.gov.uk/budget.

In addition a public facing campaign informing people of the draft budget and its impact on them and their services will be launched next week. 

Feedback can be given in a number of ways:

- fill in our simple online feedback form

- email us at councilbudget@edinburgh.gov.uk

- Write to us at Freepost, RSJC-SLXC-YTJY, Budget, Council Leader, City Chambers Edinburgh EH1 1YJ

Or:

- talk to a local councillor. 

- tweet us using #edinbudget

- comment on Facebook

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