Plan to plug £16.5m gap in Midlothian Council budget

Councillor Owen Thompson
Councillor Owen Thompson

The SNP administration has announced proposals that will attempt to balance Midlothian Council budgets for the next three financial years.

The financial strategy, expected to be agreed at a council meeting on December 16, is part of plans to reduce a projected £16.5 million budget shortfall.

It is estimated that while service expenditure will continue to rise over the period to March 2018, income will fall.

Council leader Owen Thompson (SNP) has warned tough decisions must be made: “Plans are in place to claw back a £2.7 million hole in Midlothian’s public purse for 2015/16.

“However, subsequent years will prove much more challenging unless significant steps are taken to redesign services now.”

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