Your final call to get involved and have your say on the future of the Scottish Borders

Published: 18th January 2022

Magnifying glass over a 3D word "budget"

This is a chance for every Borderer to have their say about what matters most to them, and the opportunity to influence the allocation of next year’s Council budget.

Towards the end of 2021, we launched a survey that aimed to better understand the priorities of everyone living in the Scottish Borders. That survey closes on Sunday 30 January.

With almost 500 responses to the survey already, we are urging all residents who have not yet taken a moment to have their say, to do so before the closing date.

Though the budget is limited, every individual is invited to play their part in shaping our focus for the next financial year by highlighting their personal priorities through this survey. Every voice matters when it comes to planning the future of our communities.

So remember to play #yourpart and give your thoughts on what actions we can take to better the lives for all Borderers. Have your say on a range of key issues such as spending around education, the road network and tackling climate change. We also want your input on Council Tax and how we can develop our customer service arrangements and digital services.

Council Leader, Councillor Mark Rowley

“Through the survey we've already heard lots of voices from across the Borders about their priorities, but we are keen to hear many more.

“Getting involved in this survey provides us with invaluable insight into local priorities that can be accounted for in the budget setting process for the 2022/23 period and the results will also help with financial and service plans for the years ahead, including the continued development and investment into digital services and how customers can interact with the Council.

“To ensure all areas are accounted for, it is vital that we get as wide a variety of feedback as possible, particularly from those under 35, who are so far under-represented in the survey responses received to date.

“It doesn’t take long to complete the survey and by doing so you will be playing #yourpart in shaping the future of the Council and the area.”

More information

Find out more about the Council’s financial plan and budget