We set our budget for the financial year 2017/18 on Wednesday 22 February.
Full details of all the agreed proposals are in the report below:
- Council Budget 2017-18
- Falkirk Council Revenue Budget 2017-18
- Three Year General Services Capital Programme 2017-18 to 2019-20
- Housing Revenue Account and Council House rents 2017-18 to 2019-20
- Housing Investment Programme 2017-18 to 2019-20
- Falkirk Community Trust 2017-18
- Integration Joint Board Budget 2017-18
- Background reports
Falkirk Council has agreed to a 3% increase in Council Tax for 2017/18, that will
see an average 'D Band' Council tax figure increase by approximately 61p per week
or £32 a year.
The Council set its c£330m budget following the local government revised settlement
made by Scottish Government at the beginning of the year that has allowed a reduction
in the original funding gap made from £20m to £14.4m.
Approximately £87m over the next three years will be spent on a variety of improvements
to services and projects aimed at benefitting local communities. An estimated £104m
will be spent on improving existing housing stock and providing new build properties.
The Integrated Joint Board (a partnership with NHS Forth Valley) will see a budget
allocated of c£60m to allow it to deliver adult social care and health services
across the area and Falkirk Community Trust will receive c£11m to provide sport,
recreation, arts, heritage and library services.
Capital Investment Plans
Investment programmes across the Falkirk Council area will continue over 2017/18
helping to fund major projects and work to improve the area and invest in services.
Approximately £30m will be invested in the next year including:
- £14.3m for Development Services (including roads investment and flood prevention
- £7m for Children’s Services (including property extensions and new build)
- £5.6m for the (TIF) Tax Incremental Finance Scheme (including roundabout works)
- £3m for Corporate and Housing Services (including technology improvements to bring
Specific investment plans include:
- £5.6m for TIF project progressing the plans to bring more than £400m investment
and 6000 jobs to the area over the next 25 years
- £5m for roads and street lighting improvements
- £3.7m for completion of a new school for children with additional support needs
- £2.5m for technology improvements to deliver more efficient services and education
- £1.7m for Grangemouth flood prevention work
- £1.6m school improvements
- £1m in Falkirk and Denny town centres
- £810k for the continuation of the Denny Eastern Access Road