Record number of responses to budget engagement
Budget-day for the City of Edinburgh Council is now looming large ...
... and the public consultation we undertook, on our draft proposals, has now finished and is being reported to Committee this Thursday.
I'll reproduce the relevant News Release (with various links therein) far below; but first a bit of general information:
By way of background, to the local situation here in Edinburgh, there is a huge amount of further information publically available via: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/budget - and the various links therein.
And, there is specific detail on the individual 2016/17 draft-proposals for Edinburgh (which was made public in early October 2015) via this document:
As you’ll hopefully be aware, we did run a very significant public consultation process – on those draft proposals – from early October 2015 right through to Thursday 17th December 2015.
That consultation process generated over 4,000 responses; and a summary of the feedback can now be accessed here:
We will consider all of this feedback prior to setting the final 2016/17 Budget; which isn’t ultimately decided until the Full Council Meeting on Thursday 21st January 2016.
More generally; please be assured that, as Local Councillors, we are doing everything we can within the constraints we face to protect services to the old, the young, and the vulnerable – but the current state of Local Government finance is increasingly making that a very difficult task year-on-year.