7000 respond to consultation
A record number of people have made their views known in West Lothian Council’s biggest ever consultation. The Transforming Your Council consultation – which focused on the future of council services in West Lothian - attracted 45,338 comments and suggestions. Over 7000 individual submissions were made, more than any consultation previously carried out by the council.
The council is seeking the views of local residents on officer proposals to bridge the estimated £73 million budget gap over the next five years, on top of the £92million already saved since 2007. The estimated budget gap is based on projections that Scottish Government grant funding will not be enough to meet the increasing cost of services.
West Lothian Council’s chief executive, Graham Hope, said:“Thank you everyone who has taken the time to give us their views on the officer proposals to bridge the expected £73 million gap. This is the largest ever response to a West Lothian Council consultation, and I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to share the opinions on what we appreciate was a major consultation spanning across all the service areas delivered by the council.
“The responses from the consultation will now be considered at a series of special policy, development and scrutiny panel (PDSP) meetings, with final decisions made by councillors at a budget setting meeting in February. Extremely difficult decisions lie ahead and changes to many existing council services will be necessary in order that the council can balance its budget.”