Reshaping local services in Midlothian

Wednesday April 3rd 2019

Fairfield House

A new medium-term financial strategy is being developed by Midlothian Council, setting out how it plans to balance its budget over the three years 2020/21 to 2022/23.

Residents, community groups and businesses are being given the opportunity to have their say in developing the plan, which will be presented to a meeting of the full council in June of this year.

“Like all council areas, Midlothian is facing big challenges,” explained Council Leader, Councillor Derek Milligan.

“With continuing funding cuts expected and increased demand from a growing population for key services such as education, health and social care, the council needs to plan ahead and look at news way of working.

“We’ve already made substantial changes to save money but we need to do much more,” added Councillor Milligan. “The council estimates that from April 2020 to March 2021, we will be £4.6 million short of what we need to spend to keep services at current levels. This is on top of the £7.4 million in savings we have had to make for the financial year 2019/20. By March 2023 the funding gap we have to address is currently £18.8 million.

“We want to work with our communities, partners, businesses and others, working together to reshape our services. With this in mind, we are organising sessions during April and May to give people the opportunity to have their say.”

You can book to attend one of the four sessions below by going to www.eventbrite.co.uk and searching for Midlothian Council or email Annette.Lang@midlothian.gov.uk or phone 0131 271 3923.

Working Together sessions

Monday 22 April, 9.30am to 12.30pm, Midlothian Council Headquarters, Buccleuch Street Dalkeith.

Saturday 27 April, 9.30am to 12.30pm, Newbattle High School, Newbattle Road, Easthouses.

Wednesday 1 May, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Penicuik Town Hall.

Monday 6 May, 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Midlothian Council Headquarters, Buccleuch Street Dalkeith.

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