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Councillors have agreed spending on services for the year ahead as part of a budget setting process which seeks to be innovative and transform the way the council delivers its service to ensure that it is sustainable for the future.
At a Special Council Meeting today, Thursday 27 February, councillors approved the revenue budget of £128.318m to spend on services in 2020/2021 which protects the Council’s funding of local third sector organisations.
Clackmannanshire’s Council Tax will rise by 3% - below the Scottish Government’s Council Tax cap rate of 4.84% and below the 4% which was consulted on. This means the new Band D rate will be set at £1,304.63.
A capital budget programme of more than £18m was also agreed for the next financial year, which includes priority investment in the schools estate in particular our commitment to early years childcare and the 1140 hours initiative, roads and paths infrastructure and community regeneration. The capital programme also features City Region Deal projects including Scotland's International Environment Centre which will be located in Alloa and will maximise economic opportunities for local people and businesses while at the same time demonstrate the Council’s commitment to climate change.
The Council has also agreed a net resource transfer for adult social care of £19.04m to the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership.
The Council’s 2020/2021 budget was agreed following public engagement with local residents and organisations and creates investment capacity for innovation while minimising the impact on service users.
As in previous years, a background of increasing demand for some services coupled with less funding still proves to be challenging and the spending gap over the next 3 years is around £20m.
The Housing revenue budget and capital programme for the year ahead, including a increase in rent levels for council houses of 1.5% for 2020/2021 was also agreed. This increase is lower than the rise of 2.2% set in 2019/2020.
The Council has also begun a 10-year programme of change called Be the Future, which will transform and improve the way it works and delivers its services to ensure the Council is financially sustainable for the future.
The Council’s Be the Future programme will focus on three main areas:
The Council will continue to work with our national and local partners including the members of Clackmannanshire Alliance, Stirling University and neighbouring councils in Forth Valley, Fife and Tayside to explore the potential opportunities for closer partnership working.