We are spending around £340m in 2019/20 providing services across all of our communities and investing £43.5m in large-scale projects across all our services.

We need to produce a balanced budget each year and this means that the money we receive from Scottish Government, Council Tax and other sources must meet the cost of delivering our services and ongoing investment to protect and improve our communities.

This is how we are going to achieve it this year

Service 2018/19 Budget at Outturn Prices £'000 2019/20 Budget at Outturn Prices £'000
Children's Services 189,653 193,635
Social Work Adult Services 3,691 3,664
Development Services 28,775 27,629
Corporate & Housing Services 28,719 26,279
Trading Accounts -508 -518
Sub-Total 250,330 250,689
Falkirk Community Trust 11,001 10,793
Integration Joint Board 60,729 63,322
Joint Valuation Board 1,245 1,257
Capital Charges 15,210 13,932
Total Net Expenditure 338,515 339,993
Aggregate External Finance 272,511 272,439
General Fund Reserves Applied 2,300 950
Council Tax (see below) 63,704 66,604
Total Income 338,515 339,993
Council Tax 2018/19 £'000 2019/20 £'000
Estimated yield of £1 Council Tax £56,127 £56,975
Council Tax (Band D) £1,135 £1,169
Product 63,704 66,604

We still face a significant financial challenge over the next five years with a projected budget shortfall of around £76m. Significant work is happening to ensure that we reduce the impact on services that this shortfall could cause. These include:

  • Involving our communities more in decision making and the design of future services so that they meet their needs more
  • Continuing to change how we deliver services making them more efficient (savings projected for £9m next year)
  • Increasing the number of online services offered reducing costs for us and increasing options for you.
  • Closing buildings that are no longer useful and selling these where possible
  • Targeting services at the most vulnerable in society through new initiatives such as our Advice Hubs
  • Reducing workforce numbers through voluntary severance and non-filling of vacancies

How is the budget split between our Services?

Service£000s
Childrens Services193,635
Corporate and Housing Services26,279
Development Services27,629
Social Work Adult Services3,664

Council Tax

For 2019/20, your Council Tax will rise by 3% giving an increase of £34 a year for a band 'D' property.

Band No. of chargeable dwellings %age of dwellings in each band Proposed annual increase Proposed 2019/20 annual Council Tax
A 21,224 29.09% £22.67 £779.33
B 18,937 25.96% £25.50 £909.22
C 6,700 9.18% £30.22 £1,039.11
D 8,821 12.09% £34.00 £1,169.00
E 8,801 12.06% £44.67 £1,535.94
F 5,599 7.68% £55.25 £1,899.63
G 2,805 3.85% £66.58 £2,289.29
H 64 0.09% £83.30 £2,864.05

Fees and charges

Some of our fees and charges will be increasing this year. Wherever possible we have aimed to keep these in line with inflation but some charges are higher because we are making them cover the full cost of providing the service. Some new charges will be introduced.

What has been approved?


Investment

As part of the budget, investment programmes across the Falkirk Council area were also agreed to run over the next five years helping to fund major projects and work to improve the area. In total, £220m will be committed to the various projects.

  • An extension to Maddiston primary school (£4m)
  • An extension to Denny primary school (£2.2m)
  • Further work on the new Denny Eastern Access Road (£4.6m)
  • Roads maintenance (£19.1m)
  • Road safety schemes (£4.3m)
  • Business property reinvestment (£2m)
  • Playpark upgrades (£0.4m)
  • Improvements to the Avon Gorge Road (£7.9m)