We set our budget for the financial year 2018/19 on Wednesday 28 February.

Full details of all the agreed proposals are in the report below:

Council Budget 2018-19
Meeting minute - 28 February 2018

The Council agreed to a 3% increase in Council Tax for 2018/19 that will see an average 'D Band' Council tax figure increase by approximately £33 a year.

The Council set a £336m budget in February 2018 and has set three main priorities of people, place and partnership. It has committed to maintain services to support the young, elderly and most vulnerable across all local communities. The budget covered all services with the exception of Housing which was set earlier this year.

A deficit of c£14m remained and budget savings across all Council services.

The Integrated Joint Board (a Partnership with NHS Forth Valley) had a budget allocated of £62m to allow it to deliver adult social care and health services across the area and Falkirk Community Trust received c£10.8m to provide sport, recreation, arts, heritage and library services.

Approximately £24.6m will be invested in a number of projects

  • £1.88m for extensions and expansions at Kinnaird Primary school and Larbert High school.
  • £1.58m for general improvements to all schools.
  • £4.24m structural improvement works to local roads.
  • £1.23m on flood prevention in Grangemouth.
  • £1m reinvestment in business properties.
  • £500k for the development of new west and central advice hubs.
  • £6.36m for various works associated with the Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) scheme