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Launch of 2018-2021 Budget Conversation

A public consultation on setting the Council's three year budget for 2018-21 will launch next week.

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The consultation, which will go live on Monday 9th October, will contribute to councillors' decision making about where and how the Council's budget is spent over the next three years. 

Whilst the Council does not yet know its exact budget, with the Scottish Government not due to confirm the annual grant settlement until December, it is expecting to have to make savings in the region of £26million between 2018 and 2021.  

This is in addition to the £37million of savings already made since 2012.

A range of proposed saving options have been identified to help meet the Council's expected funding shortfall over the next three years and these will be published for public consultation next week.

The Council estimates that it will have around 300 less posts than in the current council business. Working with Trade Union partners, the hope is to achieve these reductions without the need for compulsory redundancies.

However, in addition, new roles and retraining opportunities will also be created as the needs of the Council changes.  For example, over the next few years we expect more than 200 new early years support roles will be created as the Council works to implement new government targets. Therefore overall it is anticipated there will be around 100 fewer posts by 2021.

Council Leader, Tony Buchanan, said: "I would encourage all local people to get involved and have their say when the proposals are put forward next week.    Our budget covers a huge range of services, including our schools, roads, parks, health and social care, cleansing and housing. We have always taken a long term strategic approach to budget setting, which is why we're planning for three years. Millions of pounds worth of efficiencies achieved through more modern ways of working have already helped to off-set the impact of the savings needed on frontline services to date. However, with efficiencies already maximised in a range of areas the scope left available to find more savings by efficiencies is limited.  We are therefore going to have to make tough decisions about where savings can come from during our forthcoming budget cycle so we want as many people as possible to get involved in the consultation.

Councillor Tony Buchanan - Leader of the Council

The consultation will be open from 9th October until 28 November, with the final budget being decided by elected members at a meeting of the full council on 8th February 2018.  

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