Councillors approve measures to tackle budget shortfall

The City of Edinburgh Council has agreed a range of proposals which will provide a framework to address a £126m budget shortfall over the next four years.

The decisions were taken at a meeting of the Finance and Resources Committee on Thursday 24 September.

Councillors also asked for further discussions about the issue of compulsory redundancies, with a report to go to the next meeting of the Finance and Resources Committee at the end of October.

Plans to outsource the Facilities Management service were rejected and instead Councillors have asked for new proposals to be developed for delivering these services in-house with specialised support. The four-year budget framework that was agreed will now form the basis of the Council’s annual public engagement exercise which will start next Monday.

Councillor Alasdair Rankin, Finance Convener, said: “This is the start of a long process. There were some important decisions made today and we have agreed the framework for achieving the savings needed over the next four years.

“With greater demand for our services and our overall budget remaining the same we need to take action to ensure we safeguard frontline services for the people of Edinburgh.

“We are very clear about the scale of the financial challenge that the Council is facing we will work tirelessly to ensure that the services we provide are the ones which people need and want. The decisions taken today are the next step to achieving this.”

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