Spending on council services

2019/20 budget

The council's budget and council tax for 2019/20 and the savings programme for 2019/20 were agreed at the full Council Meeting on 12 February 2019. (See agenda item 8.3).

The 2019/20 budget provides for spending on services of £215.8 million.

Council Tax

At a meeting of the full council on Tuesday 12 February 2019, councillors also agreed to increase council tax by 4.79 per cent from 1 April 2019, raising the Band D equivalent tax from £1,283 to £1,344 a year

Medium term financial strategy

On 25 June 2019, councillors approved the council's first Medium Term Financial Strategy. This sets out how the council will bridge the projected funding gap of £4.6 million for 2020/21 and goes a significant way to addressing the projected funding gap of £18.8 million predicted by 2022/23.

Our budget consultation

The agreement comes after a public consultation. You can find out more about our budget consultation and future spending plans on our Spending Choices pages.

Funding services

Our estimates show that Midlothian Council will need £214.7 million to fund services in 2020/21 rising to £233.191 in 2022/23. The projected funding available already incorporates an increase in council tax next year of 4.79 per cent, although no increase will be confirmed until the council meets to agree its budget in February 2020.