Financial Information

Where does the money come from and how do we spend it?

Council Tax and Business Rates contribute 34 per cent of our total budget with the balance from government grants (figures in brackets show the change from 2019/20).

        Gross Expenditure                                                                         £359.8M

        Less fees, etc.                                                                                (£62M)        

        Net expenditure                                                                             £297.8M         


  • Government Grants                                                              £196M (+£11.7M/+6.3 per cent)
  • Council Tax                                                                           £66.3M (+£3.4M/+5.4 per cent)
  • Business Rates                                                                     £35.5M (-£1.1M/-3 per cent) 

         TOTAL                                                                                    £297.8M (+£14M/+4.9 per cent)     


  • Children and Young People                                                     £122.8M (-£0.1M/-0.1 per cent)
  • Health and Social Care                                                            £62.7M (+£3.3M/+5.6 per cent)
  • Asset and Infrastructure                                                           £42.2M (+£10.9M/+34.8 per cent)
  • Finance and Regulatory Services                                            £35.8M (-£0.8M/-2.2 per cent)
  • Customer and Communities                                                    £19.7M (-£0.6M/-3 per cent)
  • Human Resources                                                                   £6M (+£1.4M/+30.4 per cent)
  • Culture and Sport                                                                     £5.6M (-£0.2M/-3.4 per cent)
  • Economic Development and Corporate Services                    £3M (+£0.1M/+3.4 per cent)

Asset and Infrastructure includes:  

  • Waste Services
  • Roads
  • Parks and Open Spaces
  • Property and Estates
  • Catering and Cleaning
  • Fleet
  • Passenger Transport

Customer and Communities includes:

  • Assessors
  • Customer Advice and Support Service
  • Welfare Benefits provision
  • Business Support and Democratic Services
  • Registrars
  • Homelessness
  • Community Engagement
  • Localities funding

Finance and Regulators Services includes:

  • Protective Services
  • Legal
  • Loans Charges
  • Bad Debt provision
  • recharge to the non general fund

Economic Development and Corporate Services includes:

  • Planning
  • Built and Natural Heritage
  • Commercial rent income.

Find out more about the Financial Plan

Comparison with Government Provision for Planned Spending

The Scottish Government calculated its financial support for us based on an estimated figure per Band D dwelling of £4,852. We estimate that we need to spend £5,637 per dwelling in order to provide quality services.

Our Capital Investment Programme

Over the next 10 years, £464.6M will be spent to make sure our portfolio of land, buildings and other assets are used as effectively as possible to support our service delivery. This includes investing in infrastructure such as roads, schools, flood protection works, communities and regeneration. Of the £464.6M, £49.7M is from specific Scottish Government grants and £33.9M is from external funders e.g. Heritage Lottery Fund.

  • Investment in Schools                            £179.2M
  • Roads and Transport Infrastructure       £88.5M
  • Land and Property                                  £68.3M
  • Floods and Costal Protection                 £55.2M
  • Regeneration Projects                            £27.2M
  • Plant and Vehicle Replacement             £21.2M
  • Other*                                                     £12.7M
  • Sports and Culture                                 £9.4M
  • Waste Management                               £2.9M

* includes ICT transformation, Housing adaptations and emergency/unplanned schemes.

Our Staff

45 per cent of our budget is spent on manpower (staff) (+4 per cent)

Staff Numbers         2019/20         2020/21

Teaching*                  1,070            1,065.5

Staff**                        2,641            3,139.6

* all registered teachers in our Nurseries, Primary and Secondary Schools.

**2020/21 manpower reflects the re-integration of SB Cares LLP within Scottish Borders Council.