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Balancing the Budget 2016/17 - 2018/19


Getting the most out of our money is something we all try to achieve and the Council’s priority is to ensure that every pound we spend makes a difference for you – the people and communities of South Ayrshire.

That’s a real challenge as we only have a limited amount of money to spend and there’s lots of demands for the services we provide – some of which we have to provide by law, like education and social work.

That’s why we need to make the right decisions about where our money goes.

We get most of our money – around 80% – from Scottish Government grant funding and non-domestic rates. The rest comes from your Council Tax payments, which have been frozen at the same level since 2007.

For every £1 we spend:

As costs increase, available funding drops and demand for services grows, we need to rethink how we spend each and every pound so that it has the most impact and benefit.

To help us do that, we’re working on the Council’s spending plans for the next three financial years, 2016/17-2018/19. We don’t know yet how much government funding - which makes up most of the money we have to spend each year - we’ll receive for these years, but we expect to have to save more than £20 million over this period.

Savings of around £10 million have been approved by Councillors so far – you can find out more about some of these under the ‘management actions’ and ‘further development required’ headings in this section. Details of savings of around £4.55 million for 2016/17 can also be found here.

Councillors are now seeking communities’ views on further savings proposals totalling £1.6 million. No decisions have yet been taken on these, so this is your chance to have your say and ensure your views are fully considered by Councillors before they make final decisions on these proposals.

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