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Scottish Borders Budget Challenge

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We have two different budgets which fund different areas of the Council, revenue and capital.

Our revenue budget is £1.5bn over the next five years and £465m will be invested through capital over the next 10 years.

We have delivered £64m of savings since 2013/14 but around £30m further savings are required over the next five years. Council tax makes up around 20% of our income.

An increase in Council tax of 4.84% was agreed in February 2020 to provide for investment in roads, new care homes and the upfront funding for replacement secondary schools in Galashiels and Hawick.

We face various challenges, such as increase in older population, more demands for services, our rurality, and decrease in like for like funding from Scottish Government, we need to continue to look for ways of doing things differently.

Thank you for taking the time to take an interest in our budget. You can find out more on our website.