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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 £1.4bn 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.

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The handy video below explains how our budget works.