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The Council’s transformation programme is underway to deliver change so that we can deliver customer focussed services to the communities we serve.
As part of this, work is underway to make sure that the Council meets its legal requirement to set a balanced budget for 2020/21.
As in previous years, with a background of increasing demand for some services and uncertain public finances, the challenge of setting a balanced budget continues to be extremely difficult and further tough decisions will have to be made. The budget gap over the next 3 years is around £19m, with just over £7m required in 2020/21.
Our transformation programme is underway and is driving change at the Council which we believe will lead to financial sustainability. The way in which some services are delivered is changing in order to reduce costs, many of which could involve working in collaboration with a range of partners.
To inform the process of budget setting by councillors, we are engaging widely on two proposals which will affect the majority of residents in Clackmannanshire.
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An engagement process on management efficiencies and policy decisions to help close the budget gap is also underway with those impacted.
Over the last 8 years, the Council has already made savings of around £43m, and now estimates it needs to save around 20% of current expenditure and it is projected that there will be around £30 million less to spend over the next three financial years.
The results of the engagement will be put forward to councillors before they make the final decisions at a budget meeting early 2020.