Coalition unveils programme for the Capital

The Coalition today published ambitious plans to deliver improved services for the Capital’s residents and communities.

The ‘Programme for the Capital’ is the proposed business plan for the Council for the next five years: 2017-22. It is built around 52 commitments set out by the SNP and Labour groups in their coalition agreement.

The two parties agreed to work together to lead the Council following the Local Government Elections on 4 May.

These commitments are structured around six themes:

  • Delivering an economy for all – local jobs, growth, and affordable housing
  • Building for a future Edinburgh – a planning system that works to protect and develop our city
  • Delivering a sustainable future – a better environment and transport system that works for all
  • Delivering for our children and families – improving lives and futures
  • Delivering a healthier city for all ages – strong and vibrant communities
  • Delivering a Council that works for all – more empowered, transparent, and improved public services

The full document is available to read on the Council website.

Council Leader, Adam McVey, said: “Edinburgh is recognised as one of the world’s most successful and prosperous cities and we have many strengths to build upon. Yet we know that if we are to maintain these successes, and meet the many challenges we face, the city needs a Council that shows strong leadership.

“By publishing this plan today, we are outlining what we're aiming to achieve with the ambitious 52 commitments we've made to the city. 

“We're now working to deliver measurable progress on a range of areas across health, education, transport, environment and housing to make Edinburgh the best capital city it can be for everyone.”

Depute Leader, Cammy Day, added: “We are demonstrating a commitment to improve our services and our amenities in ways that meet the needs of our residents, while devolving decision-making to local communities as far as possible. 

“We have identified key areas to focus on, including the construction of 20,000 affordable new homes, delivering a tram to Newhaven, improving waste services and investing £100m in our roads.

“We are committed to working together with local people, businesses and the voluntary sector. Together, we will move Edinburgh forward for the benefit of the city and its people, with decision-making that shows we are listening to public opinion.”

The Business Plan is subject to approval by councillors at the next Thursday’s (24 August) Council meeting.


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