Scotland politics

Edinburgh City Council

  • The population of the council area stood at 477,660 in 2009. The authority employs about 17,700 people.
  • Edinburgh City Councilhas a revenue budget of about £1,018m.
  • The local authority has 17 multi-member wards with 58 elected councillors.
  • The city's troubled trams project is due to be completed in the summer 2014, at a cost of £776m.
  • Edinburgh is worldrenowned for its annual festivalswhich are said to attract audiences from more then 75 countries who watch 2,500 artists from 38 nations.
  • Each Hogmanay, tens of thousands of people gather in Edinburgh to see in the new year.
  • Earlier this month, the city learned that the headquarters of theUK's Green Investment Bankwould be based in Edinburgh after it beat off competition from 31 other bids.

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