Council cutbacks

Council leader Rhondda Geekie at the launch of the simulator
Council leader Rhondda Geekie at the launch of the simulator

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 general 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.”

The next workshops take place at Asda Bishopbriggs on Tuesday, April 22, and at Kirkintilloch’s Regent Centre on Wednesday, April 23, both from 10am-4pm.

To use the council budget simulator go to