Locals have their say on council spending

Midlothian residents are being reminded that they still have time to have their say on how the council spends its money next year. Councillors are expected to agree their 2019/20 budget and set council tax levels on Tuesday 12 February.

Budget gap

Current estimates show that Midlothian Council will need £211.8 million to fund local services next year. However, this is likely to be £5.8 million short of what is needed.

Funding pressures

“Around three-quarters of the funding for local services comes from the Scottish Government,” said Council Leader, Councillor Derek Milligan. “However, the amount we receive is being drastically reduced - despite the pressures we face from having the fastest growing population of any local authority area in Scotland.

Spending priorities

“As well as asking local people what they think our spending priorities should be, we’re asking them what we could do differently to save money and to fund key services."

Have your say

  • You can take part in the Spending Choices survey online until Sunday 20 January
  • Email comments and suggestions to [email protected]
  • Written comments can also be handed in to any Midlothian library or council office or posted to Have Your Say, Midlothian House, Buccleuch Street, Dalkeith EH22 1DN
11 Jan 2019