Reports and information regarding the Council's budget in years 6 and 7, 2019/2020 and 2020/2021.

Stirling Council's budget for 2019/20 was set by the elected members at a Special Meeting of the Council on Thursday, 21 February 2019.

This followed months of consultation and engagement with the community across Stirling through the Big Conversation. 

Council's approved budget for 2019-20 safeguards vital services and protects the area's most vulnerable people.

The revenue and capital plans for the financial year ahead provide a commitment for fresh spending on rural transport, school holiday meal provision, Universal Credit mitigation, tackling gender-based violence, regeneration, and assisting credit unions, among other projects.

Residents were at the heart of the budget planning via the Council’s Big Conversation, which saw more than 1,000 ideas received from both Council staff and the public, along with the staging of over 70 community events and a string of public sessions.

Those ideas helped shape agreed budget proposals, which include:

  • The removal of foster payments support for telephone allowances
  • Generating income from utilising capacity in Brucefield Children’s Home 
  • The removal of the 10% Council Tax discount on Second Homes
  • A net increase in the contribution to the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership
  • A review of car parking charges and the introduction of parking charges at Castleview Park and Ride
  • A one-off £100k reduction in Stirling Business Investment Fund, to be added back over 3 years.

All approved and rejected proposals can be viewed on pages 193/4 of the papers from the meeting here.

The approval of the budget backed also by a Council Tax Rise of 4%, will bring a further investment of £25.5 million across capital projects.

These include:

  • £4.6m for road improvements and modernisation
  • more than £300,000 to enhance parks and play areas
  • £1m for major flood prevention schemes
  • over £5.5 million for enhancing schools and the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare
  • £600,000 for projects as part of the City Region Deal

Over the next five years, a gap of £32 million is anticipated between what the Council receives in funding and revenue and the cost of delivering its services.

This will be addressed through future budget setting, detail on which is currently being prepared by officers.

The General Fund Revenue Budget report from the Chief Officer - Finance sets out the current financial position of Stirling Council and has been published alongside a list of all proposed budget-saving options.

This list of proposals was informed by the Council’s budget engagement process, which started last summer with the aim of bridging an estimated £7.5m budget gap. Staff from across the Council helped build the list and our communities also played their part through the use of a digital budget simulator.

The budget gap has now reduced to £0.995m following the announcement of the government grant, Council tax setting and other matters.

The full list of options has been published alongside the Motion from Stirling Council’s Administration (p105) which sets out the proposals accepted by the Administration to address the new reduced deficit.

A full discussion and debate on these took place on the Thursday, 12 March 2pm.

All papers associated with the budget-setting process, including the full list of proposals (appendix 3) are available by PDF download via this link: General Fund Revenue Budget 2020/21 and associated papers.

Equality Impact Assessments

Equality Impact Assessments (EqIAs) have been carried out, where required, on the savings proposals. To view the full list access this categorised list.

Last updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 2:51 PM