Working with you to shape Stirling's future

Like every local authority in Scotland, Stirling Council faces a highly challenging financial environment. However, Stirling Council is in a healthier position than many other local authorities, thanks to our prudent control of our finances through a process called Priority Based Budgeting (PBB). Since 2013 we have used this framework to align our resources with our priorities and balance our books.

We have reduced our spending and generated increased or additional income over the first four years of PBB (PBB1-4) by transforming service delivery, implementing efficiencies, reducing or stopping some services, and introducing or increasing fees and charges for others.

We have had to make lots of hard choices. Stirling Council’s overall budget for 2017/18 is over £264 million, £30 million less than it was five years ago, and we rely on the Scottish Government block grant for 80% of our income

But, with austerity continuing, we still have more difficult decisions to make. Over the next five years between 2018/19 and 2022/23, Stirling Council has a projected budget gap of £17.3 million.

PBB Options are detailed budget proposals developed by Stirling Council Officers to help bridge the budget gap. We have identified 42 PBB5 Options which are projected to deliver savings of over £4.6 million between 2017/18 and 2022/23. 

See the full list of the 42 proposed Options can be found in the PBB5 Interim Report, available here:

Engaging with our communities is an essential part of PBB. We want to know what you think of our proposals.

Throughout January 2018, we will be reaching out to give you the chance to shape Stirling’s future. We will engage with our staff, trade unions, members of the public, stakeholders and other parties through:

  • Social media
  • Our website
  • An online survey
  • Community Conversations across the Stirling Council area
  • Targeted outreach to community stakeholders, including young people and priority areas
  • Staff briefings
  • Stakeholder briefings for our partners, local businesses and third sector organisations

The following Community Conversations have been scheduled:

  • Monday 22 January Balfron High School 7pm – 8.30pm
  • Tuesday 23 January Killin Primary 7pm – 8.30pm
  • Wednesday 24 January Raploch Community Campus 6.30pm – 8pm
  • Wednesday 24 January Bannockburn High School 6.30pm – 8pm
  • Thursday 25 January Callander Youth Project 7pm – 8.30pm

Book a session online or call 01786 233076.

In addition, proposers of Options will arrange specific engagement with key stakeholders in the community, affected groups, Elected Members and/or other relevant parties.

The Online Survey will run from Thursday 18 January until 5 February 2018.

The feedback we gather will be analysed and presented to senior Officers and Elected Members to inform their deliberations and directly shape Stirling Council’s decision-making.

Elected Members will make the final decision on which PBB5 Options to approve, or to reject, in February 2018. The work of implementing and delivering on each Option will then begin once the 2018/19 budget has been confirmed by a formal meeting of the Council.

You can find out more about PBB5, on social media, or via email: