Commenting on the publication of the results of the 2022 Scottish Census, Martin Whitfield MSP said:
“The findings of the latest census underline the major growth that has occurred in Midlothian and East Lothian’s populations, which have increased by 16.1% and 12.6% respectively between 2011 and 2022.
“Despite this significant and sustained growth, East Lothian continues to miss out on its fair share of Scottish government funding, sitting third from bottom out of 32 councils for funding per head of population. That means our vital local services and communities are not receiving the level of funding they need.
“I often hear complaints from constituents about a lack of new infrastructure such as roads, schools, GP surgeries and other community facilities, to assist with the pressures created by this population growth. These concerns are understandable and correct.
“However, the stark reality is that three-quarters of East Lothian Council’s funding comes from government and the grant the council receives has simply not increased in line with the rapidly growing population.
“These latest census figures should act as a wake-up call for Ministers, force them to recognise the ongoing increased demand we are experiencing in East Lothian and ensure they fund local services accordingly.”
Further information on the Census results can be found at www.scotlandscensus.gov.uk.