Lobby The City Council – Thursday 12th February 2015

Date: Thursday 12th February 2015

Time: 8.30am – 10am

Location: City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh

The Council is having its budget meeting on 12/2/2015. On that day it will set its budget for 2015/2016 and will agree on ways to make savings/cuts of £22 million with more and bigger cuts in the following two financial years.

Community and local trade union organisations will be lobbying the Council meeting and we appeal for public support. There will be a lobby outside the City Chambers from 8.30am to 10.00am. Everyone is welcome to attend demanding that there should not be cuts in vital services such as social care.

Edinburgh TUC will ask for a deputation to be heard by the Council. Its deputation will speak to the paper that Edinburgh TUC has submitted to the Council in response to its budget consultation.

We believe that some of the savings/cuts proposed in the Councils draft budget will have a negative and discriminatory effect on older people, women and disabled people.!

Our overall recommendation and plea to the Council is that its Budget Meeting on 12/2/2015 consider a motion to the Scottish Government demanding extra powers and additional finance to render unfair and counter-productive cuts and savings unnecessary. The Council must call on all Edinburgh MSPs and MPs to support its motion regardless of political party. The Council should convene a civic conference and ask a range of community organisations to back its demand for extra resources. The Council should lead a campaign to make sure we keep the services we need for a decent quality of life. The Council should actively promote good public services whether provided directly by the Council or indirectly by subcontracting.