The opportunity for local residents and community groups to give their views on officer saving proposals as part of the Council’s challenging budget setting process comes to a close on at the end of this week.
Clackmannanshire Council, like all councils, faces further rising costs, reducing budgets and increased demand for services; so the way in which some services are provided will have to change. The budget gap over the next five years is around £31.7m, with just over £10m required in 2023/24.
To inform the process of budget setting by councillors, we are engaging on proposals which will affect the majority of residents in Clackmannanshire. An online survey is available via the Council’s website, while targeted engagement is also taking place to ensure the Council meets its Equalities and Fairer Scotland duties.
Chief Executive Nikki Bridle said: “The Council needs to prioritise services and budgets more than ever while continuing with transformation plans. Even where we are required in law to provide services, it is likely that the level of provision will need to be reassessed or models of delivery will look different.
“We are only too aware that the cost of living crisis is placing strain on our citizens and communities, therefore, we are asking for views on proposals to help shape upcoming budget decisions which will be made by councillors within the next few weeks. Hundreds of local people have already filled in the online survey – if you haven’t please take this opportunity to have your say. Your views are a very important part of the decision making process.”
The results of the engagement will be presented to councillors before they make the final decisions at a budget meeting in March.