Budget consultation proposals 2017/18

 

East Ayrshire Council has launched a series of community briefings and an online public consultation exercise this week, as work progresses to develop its Revenue Budget and funding strategy for 2017/18.

Set against a turbulent economic backdrop and an uncertain political climate, with likely changes to the way in which Scottish public services could be funded, this year’s Revenue Budget is likely to be especially challenging.

For 2017/18, the Council is anticipating a potential funding shortfall of £9 million and that figure may change depending on the Local Government settlement from the Scottish Government, due to be announced on 15 December 2016.

In turn, this offer might depend on the details of the UK Government’s Autumn Statement, to be delivered by the new Chancellor on 23 November 2016.

Once known, the figures will help determine the Council’s formal budget setting in February 2017, but this will be for one year only and there remains uncertainty around longer-term funding for Local Authorities in Scotland.

Anticipating the changes and the possible funding gap, the Council has been working to minimise its effects and maintain services, identifying areas where savings can be made and revenue generated – including a likely increase in Council Tax.

To present the proposals and gather public feedback as widely as possible, a series of budget briefings will be held across East Ayrshire, involving communities, local organisations, special interest groups and a wide range of other local groups, through a series of scheduled events.

A report on the budget briefings and the online feedback will be submitted for Cabinet consideration on 30 November 2016, in advance of the Scottish Government’s Settlement Offer.

Consultation survey

The consultation will run from Wednesday 19 October 2016 until Wednesday 16 November 2016. Let us know what you think. Take part in our short survey, there's only five questions.

View budget proposals

Cabinet report - 19 October 2016 - Transformation Strategy Update 2017/18 Revenue Budget - Pre-Budget Report

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Events

Date

Meeting

Friday 14 October 2016

Trade Unions

Thursday 20 October 2016

Parent Strategy Group

Saturday 22 October 2016

Communities Conferences (CLAP’s)

Saturday 29 October 2016

East Ayrshire Tenants & Residents Conference

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Annual Youth Conference (P7–S2)

Friday 4 November 2016

Annual Youth Conference (S3 up to 25 year old)

Wednesday 16 November 2016

Equalities Forum

Tuesday 15 November 2016

Business Breakfast

Friday 11 November 2016

Older People

Press release

View our press release Community briefings and consultation to present budget proposals

Contact Information

Council Headquarters
London Road
Kilmarnock
East Ayrshire
KA3 7BU
Telephone: 01563 576000
24 Hour Emergency Helpline: 0345 724 0000 (local rate)
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