Scottish Borders Council responds to Local Government Finance Settlement

Scottish Borders Council responds to Local Government Finance Settlement

Following the Scottish Government’s budget announcement, Scottish Borders Council (SBC) is continuing with its budget planning process for 2018/19.

Following analysis of the figures, SBC is anticipating a 1.5% reduction in grant from the Scottish Government, with a revenue grant allocation of £199.095m for 2018/19.

From this budget allocation, SBC is required to fund initiatives such as indicative pay awards for staff; additional health and social care funding and non-domestic rates pressures from increased poundage.

As in 2017/18, a further £7.188m is being provided to support health and social care integration.

SBC will see a reduction of around £2.4m in the general capital grant next year. The Council is continuing work on how this gap will be bridged.

Councillor Shona Haslam, Leader of SBC explained:Just because the news is not as bad as we think, that does not mean that it is good news.

“We continue to be faced with a challenging financial situation. However we have been planning for this well in advance.

“This budget settlement represents a significant cut in our revenue budget and an even larger cut on our capital budget. Money that we rely on to deliver essential services.

“However as a Council we will continue to look at all of our options while being mindful of the pressures that households in the Border continue to face.”

Councillor George Turnbull, Executive Member for Finance added: “We are continuing to work very closely with officers at SBC on our budget proposals which will be put forward for agreement in February 2018.

“Between now and then, it is very important that members of the public continue to submit their views and ideas to us about our budget.

“You can provide your ideas by visiting our consultation tool Dialogue, which is available at scotborders.dialogue-app.com or by using #bordersbudget on Twitter or Facebook.”

Further information on our budget is available at www.scotborders.gov.uk/budget and details of our Corporate Transformation programme are available at www.scotborders.gov.uk/transformation.

A full report outlining the impact of the Local Government Finance Settlement, which will be discussed at the full meeting of the Council tomorrow, is available from SBC’s website.

Date of Publication: 20th December