Council officers propose additional budget savings

Additional budget savings totalling £35m are being proposed by officers at the City of Edinburgh Council.

Over the next three years the Council needs to make £90 million in savings, with £45 million in savings being made during 2011-12.

Two sets of officer proposals have already been drawn up. The savings proposed in 'Package 1' totalled £16 million, mainly by reducing the number of managers and making back office savings. All but one of these proposals were approved by Council in September and will help the Council to maximise cost savings for 2011-12.
A further £27 million in savings ('Package 2') have also already been identified by officers. A decision on these proposals will form part of the Council's budget to be considered at its February meeting.
Now, to help the Council to meet the £90 million savings required, a further set of officer proposals has been produced. These 'Package 3' proposals will have an impact on some services, but also focus on maximising income, making savings through reducing the number of manager posts and through the use of new technology. Again, a decision on these proposals will be made at February's budget meeting.
Cllr Phil Wheeler, Convener of the Finance and Resources Committee, said: "Last week's announcement of the detailed settlement for individual councils in Scotland was disappointing for Edinburgh. By the beginning of next week we should have a clearer picture of where we stand after some detailed analysis and when we have answers to some questions we have.
"We still have some difficult decisions to make, focusing on protecting essential frontline services."
The Package 3 proposals can be found here.

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