Edinburgh is a rich city. You only have to spend a few hours in the increasingly busy city centre, or stroll through one of its leafy suburbs to realise that there is a lot of wealth here.
There is also a lot of poverty. Soul-crushing, life-limiting poverty. So much so that the cash-strapped city council wants to set aside £400,000 for a “hunger” fund so that the 20 per cent of city kids living in poverty can get a free lunch during school holidays.
Councillors will decide the city’s budget for 2018-19 on Thursday, and as well as a hunger fund, they are proposing a three per cent increase on our council tax.
That means an increase of £36 a year on a Band D council tax charge of £1204 (not including water and sewage charges).
Hardly enough to buy a couple a three-course meal in one of Edinburgh’s many fine restaurants – and a small price to pay to help feed our hungry children.