Have a look at the Edinburgh Evening News Article, and please let us know what you think… Full article here.

SPENDING cuts approved by the council include:

• Cutting over 1200 council posts – roughly one in 20 of the 19,000-strong workforce, mostly via natural wastage

• Reductions in grants to voluntary organisations

• Parking fees to rise by up to 20 per cent

• Reduction of £500,000 in budget of Edinburgh Leisure for sports and leisure centres

• Review of library opening hours

• Closure of several public toilets

• An end to painting lines on sports pitches

• Reducing “avoidable contact” with the public by encouraging people to go online to report potholes, complain about council tax or book school trips

• Home care charges to rise from £13.50 an hour in 2014-15 to £15.50 an hour in 2015-16

• Charges for council care home places to increase by eight per cent

• Reduced staffing ratios in day services for people with disabilities

• Review of value for money in supported bus services

• Review the way taxi card is funded, with a view to introducing upfront charge of £20 to join the scheme

• Care home placements for older people to reduce by ten a month to shift balance of care from residential to home-based services