Midlothian Council proposed cuts to bridge £14.5m funding gap

Friday January 20th 2023

Midlothian Council Fairfield House Main

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Midlothian Council has published savings proposals to be considered by councillors at a special meeting of the full Council on Tuesday 31st January.

The proposals are to help bridge a projected budget gap of £14.481 million rising to £26.575 million by 2027/28.

Council Leader Councillor Kelly Parry said no decisions will be made ahead of Tuesday 21st February when the full Council will meet again to set a balanced budget.

However, she warned the council faces radical cuts and changes to the way it delivers services.

Cllr Parry said: “We’ve never faced this scale of cuts before and we’re having to consider taking very, very unpalatable decisions we know will have a huge impact on our communities and our staff.

“However, we must, by law, set a balanced budget.”

Cllr Parry said demand for council services continues to rise and the level of funding the council receives from the Scottish and UK Government cannot cover the services currently provided.

Financial pressures of recovering from the pandemic, rising energy prices, high inflation, population growth and the cost of living crisis, have added to the council’s budget challenge.

Cllr Parry stressed councillors will consider the views of the public before the budget is set.

She said: “More than 500 local people and organisations have already responded when we asked what matters most to you, your family and your community in December and January.

“We are going through all of your comments and suggestions so many thanks to everyone who took the time to respond.”

You can find details of the the proposed savings HERE

You can read the public comments provided so far HERE.

A formal consultation on the specific savings proposals will be launched after the special meeting on Tuesday 31 January.

However, if you would like to give feedback beforehand you can do so at: HaveYourSay@midlothian.gov.uk
or online HERE.

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