In 2020/21 we will spend around £355m providing services to our communities and invest £30m in large-scale projects across our services.

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

    This is how we are going to achieve it this year

    Service 2019/20 Budget
    £'000
    2020/21 Budget
    £'000
    Children's Services 197,382 206,244
    Social Work Adult Services 3,718 3,734
    Development Services 28,797 27,503
    Corporate & Housing Services 28,424 27,204
    Trading Accounts -496 -502
    Sub-Total 257,825 264,183
    Falkirk Community Trust 10,853 10,896
    Integration Joint Board 64,247 67,224
    Joint Valuation Board 1,345 1,392
    Capital Charges 11,487 11,058
    Total Net Expenditure 345,757 354,753
    Aggregate External Finance 278,203 285,263
    General Fund Reserves Applied 950
    Council Tax (see below) 66,604 69,490
    Total Income 345,757 354,753
    Council Tax 2019/20
    £'000
    2020/21
    £'000
    Estimated yield of £1 Council Tax 56,975 56,700
    Council Tax (Band D) 1,169 1,226
    Product 66,604 69,490

    We continue to face a significant financial challenge over the next five years with a projected budget shortfall of around £76m. Significant work is underway to ensure we reduce the impact on services that this shortfall could have. This work includes:

    • Involving our communities more in decision making and the design of future services so that they better meet their needs
    • 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 them 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

    Council Tax

    For 2020/21, your Council Tax will rise by 4.84% giving an increase of £56.58 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 21,159 28.86% £37.72 £817.05
    B 18,872 25.74% £44.01 £953.23
    C 6,789 9.26% £50.29 £1,089.40
    D 8,900 12.14% £56.58 £1,225.58
    E 8,901 12.14% £74.34 £1,610.28
    F 5,734 7.82% £91.94 £1,991.57
    G 2,889 3.94% £110.80 £2,400.09
    H 65 0.09% £138.62 £3,002.67

    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.

    How is the budget split between our Services?

    Service£000s
    Childrens Services206,244
    Corporate and Housing Services27,204
    Development Services27,503
    Social Work Adult Services3,734

    Savings options approved


    Capital 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, £265m will be committed to the various projects.

    • an extension to Maddiston primary school (£2.5m)
    • early years expansion (£4m)
    • new Council HQ and Arts Centre (£45m)
    • playpark upgrades (£336k)
    • Support frontline staff with the systems and support they need to deliver services (£1m)

    The Council agreed to an additional increase in Council Tax of 1.84%. This will be finance borrowing of £24m, which will be used to fund a number of projects which include:

    • CCTV – Analogue to Digital (£980k)
    • Participatory budgeting (£3m)
    • Connected Falkirk – digital learning for children and young people (£9.6m)
    • Roads maintenance (£7m)

    Revenue investment

    Additional investments including:

    • support for Learning Assistants(£200k)
    • support for the Poverty Strategy(£50k)
    • reintroduction of special uplifts(£300k)
    • flower bedding(£100k)
    • pest control service(£100k)