The local authority has launched its annual round of public budget engagement, seeking opinions and feedback from residents through the Budget Conversation to understand the services that matter most to them.
With no increase expected in Local Government core funding from the Scottish Government for the next three years, the Council now needs to find a way to bridge a gap which is almost double its annual roads and land services budget.
Help inform our decisions
Convener of Stirling Council’s Finance, Economy and Corporate Support Committee, Cllr Margaret Brisley, said: “This time last year we were looking at a funding gap of £29million but that was over the next five years.
“Now, with everything that’s happened in the past year, including the significant increases to inflation, we’re facing more than half that figure just for the year ahead. That’s £17million, which is the equivalent of paying for 331 social workers for a whole year. That’s the real value of the gap we’re facing.
“These budget pressures mean we will have to continue to find ways to save money while protecting your key services, transforming how we work and generating more income.
“This is why we need to hear from you: what are your needs and priorities? What services matter most to you and what are your ideas for how we can bridge the budget gap and continue to deliver for you and for Stirling?
“Everything you tell us will help inform our decisions, so please join the conversation and have your say.”
Access the survey on Engage Stirling.
Stirling Council provides a wide range of public services to around 94,500 residents across a diverse range of communities. This includes: health, adult and children’s social care; housing and homelessness; waste collection, disposal and recycling; land, roads and transport; regulatory services, building and planning standards; leisure and cultural services and libraries, and more.