West Lothian Council need your help to influence and shape the future of council services in West Lothian. A consultation on the future priorities of local services has been launched.
Why are WLC consulting?
They’re consulting because the council faces significant budget challenges over the next five years and the way in which some services are provided will have to change.
This is the first phase in a series of planned community engagement exercises that will provide insight into how the priorities of West Lothian’s residents are balanced with the council’s ability to provide services with less funding.
Like all councils in Scotland, over the next five years West Lothian Council won’t have the financial resources to deliver the same level of services that they provide now. That means that local services will have to change and be delivered in a more sustainable way.
Due to insufficient funding and increasing costs, since 2007 West Lothian Council has been forced to make over £150 million of savings. From 2023 to 2028, the council is expecting further reductions in real terms funding from the Scottish Government with an estimated £38 million of budget reductions required to balance the budget over the next five years – something the council is legally required to do.
The consultation closes on Sunday 31 July.
Who can take part?
West Lothian Council is encouraging residents, businesses, community groups, partners, visitors to West Lothian and members of staff to take part.
How do I take part?