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Greens set out budget plans ahead of meeting on Thursday

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The Green group on the council published their budget plans earlier in the week for the council meeting on Thursday when all political groups set out their budget proposals for the coming year.Their...

Letter from Scotland

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He has a reputation as “The Fixer”.  And this week Derek Mackay delivered a “historic” budget, the first to give Scotland a distinct income tax system, the long-promised “tartan tax.”  And this while the...

Council budget day – administration proposes 3% council tax rise

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The council administration is led by a coalition of SNP and Labour councillors.They have proposed a budget for the next year which includes measures such as increasing council tax by 3%, increasing car parking charges and...

Edinburgh councillor blogs – Councillor Scott Arthur

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On 22 February 2018, The City of Edinburgh Council will set its budget.Local Government budgets have always been an example of the “economic problem” – meeting infinite demand with limited resources. The problem we face now in Edinburgh...

Letter from Scotland

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The Christmas merry-go-rounds in Edinburgh this year include “The Drop”, an 80m high tower on George Street. Mad merry-makers are spun up to the top of the tower and then “dropped” to the ground...

Letter from Scotland

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“In this world, nothing can be certain except death and taxes.” The words of Benjamin Franklin have been ringing in my head this week when we had the Chancellor announcing his Budget and an...

Letter from Scotland

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So many things have fallen apart this year. …Syria, the Islamic State, the UN, the USA, the EU, the economy, the climate, the earthquake zones of Italy, Japan, Indonesia, New Zealand, the world of...

Budget day at Holyrood will be 15 December

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The Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP has told Holyrood that the Draft Budget 2017-18 will be introduced on 15 December 2016.This is still subject to parliamentary approval, and it will follow the UK Chancellor's Autumn...

Letter from Scotland

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I’m told that Scotland’s rabbit population is in sharp decline due to a devastating new virus. The James Hutton Institute reckons we are down to our last million.  But on Wednesday the Chancellor George...

Letter from Scotland

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’Tis the season of coloured lights and cheerful dispositions. The homes around me are decorated with flashing Santa Clauses, reindeer, Christmas trees, Yule wreaths and many other glittering distractions. It’s all in defiance of...

Community Opposition to Council Austerity Budget

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Edinburgh residents want to persuade the Council that this year's budget will have a bad effect on services and job. There will be a lobby of the Council outside the City Chambers from 8.30...

Council’s Finance convener explains how they will make savings

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While others are thinking of buying presents and Christmas pudding the council's Finance Convener Cllr Alasdair Rankin is still concentrating on the money that the council has to spend. Here he outlines for The...

Time to quiz the council – at 7pm tonight!

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Later today you will have the chance to quiz the council about how they are going to spend the money we all pay to them in council tax. (At least that is where some of...

How is our city’s economy performing? Councillor Ross has the answers

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Ahead of the City Chambers live Question Time event, the Economy Convener, Councillor Frank Ross writes to explain the budget challenges for the city's Economic Development department for which he is responsible.Councillor Ross is...

VIDEO – Protests before Council’s budget meeting

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The council is meeting today to discuss and approve its budget for the next year today. The Edinburgh Reporter met with Willie Black of North Edinburgh Fights Back and also Des Loughney secretary of...

Finance Committee reports on draft budget

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 Finance Committee welcomes focus on outcomes in Draft BudgetThe Scottish Government’s emphasis on outcomes has been welcomed by the Finance Committee in its report on the draft budget 2014-15 published today.The Committee highlights the...

Edinburgh Council sets out draft budget 2014/15 for consultation

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The City of Edinburgh Council has published its draft budget for 2014/15 which is now available for residents and key stakeholders to give their feedback on. This is being published five months ahead of...

Edinburgh Councillor Blogs – Councillor Gavin Corbett on the draft budget

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City of Edinburgh Council spends over £1 billion a year. The draft budget framework for 2014-15 and 4 years after was approved for public consultation at the council’s Finance and Budget Committee today.  But...

Draft budget laid out by Capital Coalition today

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The Capital Coalition’s draft budget will be considered at the Finance and Budget Committee next  Thursday, 19 September 2013.The fundamental principle behind the budget for 2014/15 is to ensure that the books are balanced...

Greens eye spare council cash for Warmer Homes

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Scotland’s capital should lead the country in investing in jobs, training and protecting the most vulnerable from welfare cuts, according to Green councillors in Edinburgh. In preparing Green proposals for the City Council’s budget meeting...

Westminster – Edinburgh Labour MPs accused of inaction on tax

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SNP SAY EDINBURGH MPS’ CREDIBILITY IN QUESTION AFTER TAX CUT NO-SHOWLabour’s credibility is severely in question after the party MPs abstained in a vote, forced by the SNP and Plaid Cymru, opposing Tory plans...

Labour react to Council budget process

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by Councillor Ricky HendersonEdinburgh Council set its budget this week. In total, councillors are asked to decide the direction of more than £1 billion of public money, and with it the fate of various...

Scottish Government present budget plans

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Transport, housing, health and digital projects will receive new investment to help boost the economy, Finance Secretary John Swinney told Parliament today. During the final stage of the Budget Bill 2012-13 Mr Swinney confirmed additional capital...

Budget ‘must’ help Scotland

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The Chancellor must match rhetoric with action by promoting economic growth and protecting motorists in the forthcoming UK Budget, John Swinney said today. The UK budget will be presented to Westminster on 23 March. Cabinet...

Councillor Godzik Worried about Capital City Partnership

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by Councillor Paul Godzik The recent comments from the Chamber of Commerce on the performance of Edinburgh’s schools follow a raft of worrying statistics on the education and employment prospects for youngsters in Edinburgh. Figures published...

Statement from Leader of the Council

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I am pleased that yesterday the Council approved a balanced and sustainable budget for 2011/2012. In line with what residents and businesses told us in response to our biggest ever budget consultation exercise this...

The nuts and bolts of the City Council budget

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The Council took a long time yesterday to pass the budget but it went through unchanged by 30 votes to 29 when they did approve it. The Labour group in the council had prepared...

City of Edinburgh Council budget meeting

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So far everything has been pretty quiet at the Council Chambers this morning. This morning's meeting has been a much anticipated affair. Even at 9am crowds of protesters, trades union and other campaigners had assembled...

Budget Bill passed at Holyrood

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The Scottish Government claim that Scotland's budget for next year, approved by Parliament today, will deliver the highest ever number of modern apprenticeships in Scotland. In addition to measures to boost economic recovery in the...

Capital City supplement welcomed

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Lothians MSP, Shirley-Anne Somerville, today welcomed the news that the Capital City supplement – a £3 million fund provided to Edinburgh by the SNP Government to meet the costs of being Scotland’s capital is...

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