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Scottish Borders Budget Challenge

We will set a five-year budget in February 2020 which requires the delivery of over £5m of savings every year for the next five years.

Our budget-setting process takes into account several factors including funding from central government and council tax as well as local priorities, the need to deliver statutory services, and changes in legislation. 

At the end of the day:

  • We only have so much money - we can’t do everything in the same way we do now.
  • We want to know what your priorities are in your area so we know what you want protected. 

How to take part

Tell us what your priorities are in your area. The more points you give - the higher it ranks in your priorities: 

  • Select the locality you live in on the left of your screen. 
  • Use the dials to allocate points across the services listed for your area. 
  • You only have so many points to use, like our budget – you need to prioritise!
  • Answer a few questions and submit. 

We know you care about your area, so play #yourpart.  We also realise that any changes made have an impact on communities.  

We will use the feedback to inform our discussions with you over the coming months. 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SELECT YOUR LOCALITY ON LEFT OF SCREEN -  BEFORE YOU MOVE THE SLIDERS.  You can check what locality you're in

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

Our revenue budget is £1.4bn over the next five years and capital budget is £386m for the next 10 years.

We have delivered £60m of savings since 2013/14 but over £30m are required over the next five years. Council tax makes up around 20% of our income.

An increase in Council tax of 4% was agreed in February 2019 to provide for the investment of an extra £2.3m over four years to invest in roads/pavements, and to accelerate the replacement of Hawick High School.

This 4% increase is just 88p per week for a Band D property.

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 from www.scotborders.gov.uk/budget

The handy video below explains how our budget works. 

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