Scottish Borders Council delivers a huge range of services, from the education of our children and care of our elderly people to the management of parks and keeping our streets clean. The Council's finances are equally complicated and this requires a detailed budget to be prepared each year to ensure we do not spend more than we can afford.

Play #yourpart

We are now starting our budget-setting process for 2019/20 and we want YOUR ideas on what our priorities should be for our budget.

Where should we prioritise funding, do things differently and improve services, whilst still addressing our priorities for the Borders, including economic growth, attainment and care?

Like household budgeting, there are limited funds available, and if we spend more in one area we have to reduce it in another.


The requirement to ‘balance the books’ each year requires us to save money and to make a number of difficult choices which may not be popular with all people. When submitting your ideas, you may want to consider the following themes:

  • Efficiencies – can we do things in a more streamlined way?
  • Removal or reduction of services – are there services, which in your view, could be removed, or reduced?
  • Different models of delivering services – are there services which we could deliver differently, or that communities could take responsibility for to maintain them in the long term
  • Increased charges to service users – should we be charging more for some services?
  • Using other funding options – what services in your area do you value most which could be retained/expanded/enhanced through the use of additional funds eg Localities Bid Fund, Quality of Life Fund etc

Please give us your ideas and feedback

The consultation will remain open until end of January 2019 and all responses will be fed into the budget planning process before the final proposals go to the Council meeting on 21 February 2019.

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