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