Balancing the budget 2018 - 2020
We work hard to ensure every penny we spend works for people and communities across South Ayrshire and we are committed to focusing services where they will make the biggest difference.
A key part of that is delivering a balanced revenue budget – in other words, ensuring we have enough money to cover the day-to-day running costs for the wide range of services and facilities we provide.
The gap has grown as the amount of core grant funding we receive has gone down every year. Meanwhile, the costs we’ve had to pay to deliver services have increased and the demand for many services has gone up, which also costs more money.
This has left us facing an estimated budget gap – the difference between how much money we need to deliver services as they stand and how much money we will actually have – of more than £20 million between 2018-2020.
Budget gaps are not new – we’ve saved around £53 million since 2010 while working to balance the budget – however, this is the biggest we’ve faced yet.
To help bridge this significant gap, we’ve come up with a number of possible savings proposals that will help balance the books over the next two years. These include new ways of working, staffing restructures and service closures/reductions.
No decisions have been taken on these proposals and not of all them will necessarily be implemented. Some of these could have a bigger impact on you than others; however, there’s no doubt that major changes will be required to what we do and how we do it. As well as these proposals, we are also looking at other ways to save money such as using reserves and looking at debt charges which could include extending the period of loans.
This is your chance to find out more about the savings proposals, let us know what you think of them and have your say on the Council services that matter to you.
Councillors will consider your feedback on the proposals and decide which ones will be taken forward at the Council meeting on Thursday 1 March 2018.
Your input and participation is vital and will play a key part in balancing the budget 2018-2020.
You can either complete our online survey or come along to one of our drop-in sessions from 23 January 2018. The public consultation ends 11 February 2018. If you require the survey in an alternative format please phone 0300 123 0900.
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