Together we can transform East Ayrshire

East Ayrshire Council, like other Scottish councils, is facing a period of unprecedented change. We will be required to reduce our budget by around £55 million (20%) over the next four years and to change the way we deliver services with and for our communities.

People are at the heart of everything we do

Want to get involved in shaping your public services? Now you can. We want to hear your ideas and suggestions to help transform East Ayrshire. We particularly want to hear your ideas/suggestions for the following areas:

  • 1 Reducing demand
  • 2 Tackling poverty
  • 3 Serving you better in the 21st century
  • 4 Reducing costs and increasing income

The closing date for your submissions is 19 January.

Find out how to be heard

How can your voice be heard?

Make your voice heard

We want to hear from you — the people who live and work in our communities. Your views and ideas will help to transform East Ayrshire. Some of your ideas already received:

Council buildings powered by renewable energy

Better use of technology

Reduced working week

East Ayrshire is everyone's responsibility

Involve the whole community

Pop up services

Wellbeing solutions as alternative to medication

Sell maintenance services to private households

Be more neighbourly

Join the discussion

How can you join the discussion?

You can get involved in a number of different ways...

Attend a Vibrant Voices event

  • Tuesday 5th December, Boswell Centre, Auchinleck, 6:45pm - 7:45pm
  • Wednesday 6th December, Kay Park Church, Kilmarnock, 6:45pm - 7:45pm
  • Thursday 7th December, Stewarton Area Centre, Stewarton, 10:30am - 11:30am
  • Thursday 7th December, Dalmellington Community Centre, 7:15pm - 8:15pm
  • Friday 8th December, Morton Hall, Newmilns 5:15pm - 6:15pm

Join us for a live Twitter event

Host a Vibrant Voices event

  • In your own community, in work, or in your own home - your time, your way.

Complete our online questionnaire

There are 4 questions in this questionnaire and we invite you to share your ideas with us.

There is no right or wrong answer and you may complete as many or as few of the questions as you wish.

Just type in your suggestion in the text boxes provided. Please note you must go to the final question in order to submit your responses.

All responses will be used to help inform the next stage of our Transformation Strategy which will be considered by East Ayrshire Council’s Cabinet in February 2018.

Continue to questionnaire

How do we reduce demand?


Current East Ayrshire population

  • 17% 0-15 yrs
  • 63% 16-64 yrs
  • 20% 65+ yrs

45% increase

in 65+ population by 2035

35% increase in

A&E admissions for over 70s by 2035


people use tele-health care and community alarms at home

Drug and alcohol related deaths

are on the increase


to manage fly tipping

Child protection orders

have increased significantly in the last 12 months

1 How do we reduce demand?

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How do we tackle poverty?

9,940 people

claim out of work benefits

20% of P4-P7 pupils

receive free school meals

25% of primary pupils

receive clothing and footwear grants

28% of children

live in poverty

3.1% of local

population is unemployed

  • (16 - 64 yrs)

8,000 applications

for crisis and community grants

* Note: All figures approximate for 2016/17

2 How do we tackle poverty?

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How can we better serve you in the 21st century?


East Ayshire Council Employees


of EAC budget = employee costs


of EAC employees are local residents


Cost of landfill disposal

Average cost of processing payments:


in person




direct debit

3 How can we better serve you in the 21st Century?

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How can we reduce costs and increase income?

Gross Expenditure 2017/18

Top three areas of income

4 How can we reduce costs and increase income?