Plans to merge education and childrens services in Mid and East Lothian have taken a further step forward.
Both councils have agreed to phase in the move to share a central management and operational support service.
The decision, taken at separate meetings of each council, will also lead to the appointment of a joint Head of Education.
Both councils face similar challenges in providing services for an increasing number of children and young people, with the population of children set to rise over the next 20 years by 26.5 per cent in Midlothian and 37 per cent rise in East Lothian.
By integrating services, the councils aim to improve delivery and reduce costs.
Read full story in the December 1 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.