Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Scotland; Eastern Scotland; West Lothian
Location of affected unit(s)
West Lothian
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
84 - Public administration and defence; compulsory social security

790 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
640 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
8 February 2018
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


West Lothian Council has confirmed plans to reduce job numbers by between 134 and 150 jobs as part of plans to reduce costs over a five year period. The changes will result in the loss of approximately 790 positions and the creation of around 640 other roles. The announcement also confirmed that some previously stated cuts will be reversed. Many of the new jobs will be in the early learning, childcare and education sectors. The cuts are designed to bridge a funding gap of around GBP 65 million.


  • 8 February 2018: Daily Record
  • 16 February 2018: The National


Eurofound (2018), West Lothian Council, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 93591, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/93591.