1. They inherited an unholy financial mess from Labour. The Council was on the verge of bankruptcy. Jenny Dawe and her team had the wisdom and the courage to take tough decisions to put things on a much more secure footing.
2. The Lib Dem led coalition has built the first Council houses in Edinburgh for a generation.
3. Since 2007, respite care has been increased by 13% and more elderly people are receiving evening care.
4. Lib Dems set up the Edinburgh Guarantee to ensure every school leaver has either a job, education or training.
5. The city has won the most improved Scottish urban Council twice
6. Four new care homes have been built.
7. Crime has been cut due to community warden initiatives.
8. Recycling has been increased by 15% since 2007.
9. School attainment increased since 2007.
10. New libraries opened in Drumbrae and Captain’s Road and others refurbished.
Not bad for a time when money was really tight.
And this is what they plan for the next 5 years:
- Triple the number of new affordable homes built each year and finish modernisation of all council houses.
- Fix all potholes permanently
- Keep Lothian Buses in public ownership
- Continue to improve care for the elderly, making it flexible and personal and high quality
- Increasing recycling and tackling grafitti.
- Invest in parks, pitches and sports facilities to capitalise on the legacy of the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.
- Support cycling