East Lothian Consultation Hub

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Open Consultations

  • East Lothian Council (Bush Street, Musselburgh) (Prohibition of Waiting) Order 2023

    East Lothian Council gives notice that it has made an Order under 1(1), 2(1) and (2), 3 and Part IV of Schedule 9 to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to introduce enforceable waiting restrictions within Bush Street, Musselburgh A copy of the proposed Order, Schedule, plan showing...

    Closes 22 March 2024

  • Justice Social Work

    Justice Social Work Services play a vital role in keeping communities safe while ensuring that people can make reparation in a way that benefits communities and paves the way to desistence from offending.

    Closes 31 March 2024

  • Lessons Learned Survey

    The purpose of this survey is to reach out to the internal customers and stakeholders of the Procurement Team, to actively seek feedback which will enable the Procurement Team to identify areas and opportunities for improving our future procurements. Please contribute to our lessons learned...

    Closes 9 February 2025

  • Post-Tender Supplier Survey

    This survey is to allow our suppliers to provide feedback on their tender experience with East Lothian Council. We will use this feedback to inform process improvements.

    Closes 31 March 2025

Closed Consultations

  • Early Learning and Childcare: Easter 2024 Intake

    For parents or carers who have received an offer of a nursery place for Easter 2024. Please respond to confirm the acceptance or refusal of the place. The closing date for responses is Friday 23 February 2024 .

    Closed 1 March 2024

  • Tenant Participation Strategy 2024+ Consultation

    Our Tenant Participation Strategy sets out how we plan to involve our tenants and make sure they can influence our services. We want to continue to build on our achievements over the last few years, supporting tenants and working in partnership with East Lothian Tenants and Residents Panel.

    Closed 29 February 2024

  • East Lothian Council (B6355 New Winton) (40mph Buffer Zone) Order 2023

    East Lothian Council gives notice that it intends to make an Order under 82(2), 83(2) and of paragraph 27 (1) of Part IV of Schedule 9 to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to vary speed limits on the B6355 on the approaches to New Winton. A copy of the proposed Order, Schedule, plan...

    Closed 23 February 2024

  • East Lothian Council (Various Locations, East Lothian) (Disabled Parking Spaces) Order 2023

    East Lothian Council intends to make an Order under Sections 1(1), 2(1) and (2), 3 and Part IV of Schedule 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to introduce and/or amend enforceable disabled bay restrictions at Various Locations across East Lothian A copy of the proposed Order,...

    Closed 23 February 2024

  • East Lothian Council (U109, Meadowmill Access Road, Prestonpan)(Prohibition of Waiting) Order 2023

    East Lothian Council intends to make an Order under Sections 1(1), 2(1) and (2), 3 and Part IV of Schedule 9 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to introduce and/or amend enforceable disabled bay restrictions at the U109, Meadowmill Access Road, Prestonpans). A copy of the proposed...

    Closed 23 February 2024

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

We asked tenants, tenants and residents groups and ELTRP for their view on our proposals to increase rents.

The Council know that decisions they make about tenant's rent and how we spend the money we collect is extremely important during these challenging financial times.  Striking a balance between keeping rents affordable and being able to maintain services for our tenants is important for the Council and more vital than ever before.

With this in mind the Council consulted on three options for a rent increase, 5%, 6% or 7%.  Explaining the effect each of these options would have on our housing service.

You said

Of those who responded:

89% were happy with the level of consultation and information they get about the annual rent increase.

82% said they thought the rent they pay is good value for money.

86% opted for a 5% increase

11% for a 6% increase

3% for a 7% increase.

We did

All the feedback received was added to a report to inform the Elected Members of the outcome of the consultation.   Taking all of this into account, the rent level for 2024/25 was agreed at a meeting of the Council on 20th February where Councillors agreed to a 7% rent increase from 1st April 2024.   This is the only feasible option if we want to continue to improve our existing stock and meet our statutory requirements.

We will write out to all our tenants informing them of the outcome and the planned increase to their rent charge for 2024/25.

We asked

We asked tenants, tenants and residents groups and ELTRP for their views on our proposals to increase rents. 

The council is aware that for many tenants this year is possibly even more difficult with high inflation and a cost of living that is placing huge stresses on household finances notably around energy costs and the price of food. We explained that without a rent increase in April 2023, it will be impossible for the Council to continue to deliver the current level of service including its ambitious capital programme.

With these factors in mind we set out a range of options 0%, 3% and 5% and explained the effect that each of these options would have on our housing service.

 

You said

Of those who responded to our consultation:

  • 92% were happy with the level of consultation and information they received about the annual rent increase
  • 85% thought that the rent they pay is good value for money

 

We did

All the feedback received was added to a report to inform the Elected members of the outcome of the consultation. The report will be heard at the Council’s Special Budget Meeting in February 2023.  At that meeting, a decision will be taken regarding the rent increase.  We will write out to all tenants after this meeting to inform them of the outcome and any planned incrrease to their rent charge for 2023/2024.

We asked

We asked

We asked your views on the Draft Poverty Plan for 2021 – 2023 that had been prepared by the Council setting out the objectives and actions that should be prioritised over the next two years to tackle poverty in East.

You said

You Said

Twentynine individuals and six organisations responded to the survey. Organisations also took the opportunity to comment on the draft Plan at various meetings. In addition, the views of people with lived experience were recorded and presented as evidence to the consultation. A full report on the results of the consultation, including the comments made by respondents to the online consultation and people with lived experience has been lodged in the Council’s Members Library Service.

The consultation showed overwhelming support for the outcomes and proposed actions detailed in the Draft Poverty Plan.

The common theme of responses to the consultation is that there is a growing urgency that concerted action is needed to tackle the impact of the rise in poverty as a result of the pandemic and other factors such as price inflation and withdrawal of the £20 Universal Credit boost.

We did

We Did

The final version of the Plan – Our policies, plans and strategies - Poverty Plan 2021-2023 | East Lothian Council – was amended to take account of the responses to the consultation.  The amendments included: slightly amended wording for two of the outcomes; clarification that the Plan includes the Child Poverty Plan; clarification that the Plan takes an early intervention and prevention approach to tackling the causes and impact of poverty; and the addition of quotes from people with lived experience to show the impact of poverty on people’s lives and reflect the need for concerted action.

A new East Lothian Poverty Partnership is to be formed with representatives from the Council, NHS, and voluntary and community sectors to review progress with delivering the Poverty Plan and ensuring that concerted action is being taken to reduce poverty in East Lothian.  The Partnership will also be charged with ensuring that the views of people with lived experience are heard and taken into account by the Council and East Lothian Partnership.