East Lothian Council snubs Midlothian’s plan for a joint Education chief

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East Lothian Council has pulled out of a plan to share a head of education with Midlothian Council.

Last November the councils agreed to hire a new joint head of education as part of a phased approach to sharing services in the management of education and children’s services.

By bringing together the central management and operational support service for education, the councils aimed to improve service delivery and reduce costs.

However, Midlothian Council’s hopes of a being part of the unique partnership were dashed at a recent meeting of East Lothian Council when the new coalition – run by Labour, Conservative and independents – did a U-turn on the previous SNP/Liberal Democrat administration’s decision to have a joint post.

Read full story in the July 12 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.