West Lothian bids to bridge its £30 million funding gap

West Lothian Council Civic Centre HQ
West Lothian Council Civic Centre HQ

Readers have just two weeks left to take part in West Lothian Council’s public consultation, tackling its £30 million budget gap.

The council has urged local residents to share their views, by putting half an hour aside to read the proposals and provide feedback.

The Delivering Better Outcomes – Your Say on Council Services public consultation closes on Friday, November 21.

Similar to all councils across Scotland, West Lothian’s local authority faces a significant budget gap over the next three years which will impact on the range of services that it provides and the way in which some of these are delivered.

West Lothian Council has to make changes to the way it provides services to meet an estimated budget gap of £30.4 million for the period to 2018.

The council receives the majority of its funding from the Scottish Government.

However, the money the council receives is not enough to meet increased spending pressures, such as a growing population.

At the launch, chief executive of West Lothian Council, Graham Hope, said: “This is a very challenging time for us and those challenges will only become more acute over the next three years.’’