Council issues £20million SOS to residents

Rhonnda Geekie East Dunbartonshire Council leader
Rhonnda Geekie East Dunbartonshire Council leader

Council chiefs are urging the people of East Dunbartonshire to face the consequences of slashing spending by a further £20million.

The savings need to be made over the next three years and, with £40million already cut over the last eight years, councillors from all parties have warned that the decisions are set to get harder and harder.

The council has launched a consultation entitled ‘Your Services, Your Choices’ to find out where the public would like to see the cuts be made.

To help them see the consequences, an ‘online budget simulator’ was launched this week to show the real world impact specific cuts would have on frontline services in 2015/16 and beyond.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “I’d encourage everyone to visit this online Budget setting tool and see where they would find the £20 million we still need to save over the next three years.

“The budget allocations for our services are included in the simulator and as savings are identified the consequences of those savings are highlighted.”

Councillor Geekie added: “The simulator is the first stage of our consultation and later this month we are also holding a number of consultation workshops throughout the area to explore in more detail the consequences of some of the savings and what alternatives there might be.

“We are also holding a number of street meets to raise awareness of how people can get involved.

“Councillors will of course have to decide how we make these yet more challenging savings.

“That said, we really want to hear everyone’s views on where they think these savings can be made and whether there might be alternatives to these.”

The next ‘street meet’ takes place at the Milngavie branch of Tesco on Friday, April 25, from 10am-4pm.

To use the budget simulator go to