Address: Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells, Melrose TD6 0SA
We have a set amount of money each year to deliver the range of services we provide to the residents of the Scottish Borders.
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The moneyThe council has a budget of just over £248 million each year for the next four years. This is what is used to deliver the wide range of services provided by the Council. Find out more about where this money comes from and how we spend the money:
Where the money comes from
We receive just over £51 million each year in council tax, with the remaining £197 million provided by the Scottish Government.
Where we spend the money
Each department is allocated a proportion of this budget to deliver their services. See the budget allocation by department for 2012/13 and some examples of how the departments use the budget in the Borders:
Chief Executive - £25.52m Responsible for efficient and effective operation of the Council and its business, this department is responsible for a range of external services including:
- Economic Development
- Employment Support
- Customer Services
As well as a range of internal services including Finance, Legal, Human Relations and the management of the Council’s estate.
Find out more about the services delivered by the Chief Executive department.
Education and Lifelong Learning - £93.49m The largest single department responsible for two main areas, schools (including the education of over 15,000 pupils in 72 schools across the Borders) and Community services (including libraries and museums.)
Find out more about services delivered by Education and Lifelong Learning.
Social Work - £73.62m They provide support to over 11,000 people in the Borders and are responsible for the social care and health of adults and children, as well as housing and criminal justice.
Find out more about the services delivered by Social Work.
Environment and Infrastructure - £29.80m Responsible for Planning and regulatory services (including planning and building standards,) Neighbourhood Services and Environment and Infrastructure (including roads and lighting.)
Find out more about the services delivered by Environment and Infrastructure.
Corporate Programmes, Projects and Partnership (CPPP) and Other - £26.223m - The CPPP supports programmes of work and projects across the business, often with partners. Other expenses include financing costs to support some of the council's capital projects.
Due to increased pressures on the budget but no increase in the money available over the next 5 years, difficult decisions are going to have to be made which could potentially have an impact on how we deliver services to you. This is where we need your input. Find out more about the challenges and how you can have your say.