Significant investment and boost for Social Care in Stirling budget 

Stirling Council has agreed its budget for 2017/18, which will see investment of £1.8min social care services and £400,000 in Children and Families services to support Stirling’s most vulnerable people and tackle inequality. 

At a meeting of the Full Council (2017) Councillors also agreed over £17 million of investment in capital projects, including floodschemes, renovation of school and community facilities, internet connectivity and sport. Of this, £2million will fund projects to support the City Region Deal, including investment in both rural and urban areas. 

Over £650,000 has been set aside for various projects across the area, including Old Age Isolation, Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) in rural Stirling, sustainable repairs to roads and footpaths, apprenticeship programme, High Street improvement, advice services, support for after-school care and Credit Union development.  

Councillors also voted not to increase the locally agreed Council Tax rate at the 2016/17 rate to protect the pockets of Stirling residents.  

National changes to Council Tax rates for Band E-H properties mean Band E rates will increase by £109.73 a year, Band F by £216.13, Band G by £349.13 and Band H by £538.65 (affecting 17,331 Stirling households in total). All affected households have already been notified of these changes by letter.