The Council writes...
'Working with you to shape Stirling's future Priority Based Budgeting'
'Stirling Council will need to save around £29M from its revenue budget over the next 5 years (2014/15 - 2018/19)as a r esult of cuts in its funding levels and spending pressures. To achieve savings of this level while continuing to deliver high quality services the Council will require to work closely with its staff, partners, stakeholders and residents to prioritise the right services and to plan for the future.
To achieve this, the Council is introducing a new method of Business Planning called Priority Based Budgeting. This will involve a different, more open approach to financial decision making, engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, including staff.
According to a number of external sources, Local Authorities in Scotland will require to generate significant savings in real terms over the next five years.
Provisional grant figures have been published by the Scottish Government for the years 2014/15 and 2015/16, and together with the council’s assumptions about grant for the years 2016/17 to 2018/9, it is forecast that savings of £29.06M will be required over that five-year period.
Like all local authorities across Scotland, Stirling Council must make significant savings in real terms over the next five years. Stirling Council's new business-planning model (Priority Based Budgeting) is a more transparent approach to financial decision-making. It outlines all costs and proposed savings for the next five-years, and invites local residents, employees and stakeholders across the public, private and voluntary sector to engage in the process.
Our online questionnaire asks respondents to determine which council services should be maintained, increased or reduced / stopped and only takes a few minutes to complete. All responses will be treated in the strictest confidence.
The findings of this exercise will be considered by the council in due course and will be used alongside other information to help the council to plan its budget for the next five years. We are committed to engage with members of the Stirling Community as we shape opportunities for the future and are actively seeking comments and any suggested options for consideration'.