Your Services, Your Budget, Your Voice

Magnifying glass over a 3D word "budget"

Published: Thursday, 9th November 2017

We need your views on our budget as part of our budget consultation which has now been launched.

Between now and February 2018 the Council’s Administration is asking members of the public to contribute their thoughts and ideas on our budget.

  • Where do you think our priorities should be on spending? 
  • How can we generate additional income and make savings?

You can put forward your thoughts online

Councillor Shona Haslam, Council Leader

“As elected members one of our biggest jobs is to set the budget. We all know that times are tough, with decreasing amounts coming from central government and increased pressures to deliver bigger and better services. So we are asking the people of the Borders to get involved.

“We want your ideas and suggestions on what our priorities should be and how we should do things differently whilst continuing to improve services.

“Of course, like all households we need to balance the books, so we are asking the public to help us identify where we can make savings, generate additional income and prioritise spending.

“We will look at and consider every suggestion that is put forward. While we cannot promise we will do everything that is suggested - we will carefully consider every single one.”

Councillor George Turnbull, Executive Member for Finance

“The budget setting process is absolutely crucial. It allows us to ensure we can continue to deliver quality services whilst meeting a wide range of statutory duties.

“Council Tax which remains one of the lowest in Scotland brings in less than a quarter of our funding. The majority of our funding is allocated by the Scottish Government, which has been consistently reducing. We cannot spend more than we have coming in, just like household budgeting.  

“We are working with council officers to ensure we make decisions which protect core services and make efficiencies wherever possible.

“It is really important that as many people as possible submit their ideas to us on how we could do things differently through the Dialogue tool. It is very straightforward and should only take you a few minutes. You can also comment on, and rate other ideas.”

Have your say on our budget

Live Q&A sessions will also take place on our social media channels. These will be advertised nearer the time.

All the feedback received will be fed in to the financial planning process and Corporate Transformation programme. In addition to using Dialogue, you can also:

  • Write to the Budget Team, SBC Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells, TD6 0SA
  • Email budgetteam@scotborders.gov.uk
  • use #bordersbudget on Twitter
  • contact us through Facebook

Information about our financial plan and budget is available online.  

More information

We continue to focus our work around our eight priorities as part of our Corporate Plan.

The priorities are:

  • Priority 1: Encouraging sustainable economic growth
  • Priority 2: Improving attainment and achievement levels for all our children and young people
  • Priority 3: Providing high quality support, care and protection to children, young people, adults, families, and older people
  • Priority 4: Building the capacity and resilience of our communities and voluntary sector
  • Priority 5: Maintaining and improving our high quality environment
  • Priority 6: Developing our workforce
  • Priority 7: Developing our assets and resources
  • Priority 8: Ensuring excellent, adaptable, collaborative and accessible public services

Our vision remains to seek the best quality of life for all the people in the Scottish Borders, prosperity for our businesses and good health and resilience for all our communities.

Find out more about our Corporate Plan.

We have a Corporate Transformation programme in place to support the financial planning process.