Your Services, Your Budget, Your Voice

Your Services, Your Budget, Your Voice

Scottish Borders Council (SBC) needs your views on its budget as part of its consultation which has been launched today.

Between now and February 2018 the Council’s Administration is asking members of the public to contribute their thoughts and ideas on the Council’s budget. Where do you think the Council’s priorities should be on spending? How can we generate additional income and make savings? You can put forward your thoughts through the online tool at https://scotborders.dialogue-app.com.

Councillor Shona Haslam, Leader of SBC explained: “As elected members one of our biggest jobs is to set the budget. We all know that times are tough, with decreasing amounts coming from central government and increased pressures to deliver bigger and better services. So we are asking the people of the Borders to get involved.

“We want your ideas and suggestions on what our priorities should be and how we should do things differently whilst continuing to improve services.

“Of course, like all households we need to balance the books, so we are asking the public to help us identify where we can make savings, generate additional income and prioritise spending.

“We will look at and consider every suggestion that is put forward. While we cannot promise we will do everything that is suggested – we will carefully consider every single one.”

Councillor George Turnbull, Executive Member for Finance, added: “The budget setting process is absolutely crucial. It allows us to ensure we can continue to deliver quality services whilst meeting a wide range of statutory duties.

“Council Tax which remains one of the lowest in Scotland brings in less than a quarter of our funding. The majority of our funding is allocated by the Scottish Government, which has been consistently reducing. We cannot spend more than we have coming in, just like household budgeting.

“We are working with council officers to ensure we make decisions which protect core services and make efficiencies wherever possible.

“It is really important that as many people as possible submit their ideas to us on how we could do things differently through the Dialogue tool. It is very straightforward and should only take you a few minutes. You can also comment on, and rate other ideas.”

Live Q&A sessions will also take place on the Council’s social media channels. These will be advertised nearer the time.

All the feedback received will be fed in to the financial planning process and Corporate Transformation programme. In addition to Dialogue which can be accessed from the Council’s website or directly at https://scotborders.dialogue-app.com you can also:
o Write to the Budget Team, Scottish Borders Council, Newtown St Boswells, TD6 0SA
o Email budgetteam@scotborders.gov.uk or use #bordersbudget on Twitter

Information about the Council’s financial plan and budget is available online from www.scotborders.gov.uk/budget

Date of Publication: 14th November 2017