Let's discuss 'Our Future'

Budget engagement 2019/20

Our public engagement activity looking at South Ayrshire Council’s 2019-20 Budget is now underway. Information will be gathered online and at a series of face-to-face drop-in events ahead of Councillors considering final proposals on Thursday 28 February.

South Ayrshire Council and the Social Work element of the South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership face a significant forecast budget deficit of £17m* in 2019-20 (*£11m and £6m respectively). No final decisions have been taken on the budget, with talks already underway with Elected Members and Trade Unions.

This process is now being broadened out with concentrated public engagement running from Wednesday January, 30 until Friday 15 February, 2019. As part of a new way of working, engagement is being made a fundamental part of the way the Council operates, with online feedback and discussions with the community to continue through the year to help assess the budget’s impact and to inform future decisions.

For the immediate budget, and to help influence the direction of investment and savings for 2019-20, people are being asked to consider how they feel about key areas. All final decisions will support South Ayrshire’s people and places in line with the six strategic objectives set out in the Council Plan 2018-2022:

  • Effective leadership that promotes fairness
  • Reduce poverty and disadvantage
  • Health and care systems that meet people’s needs
  • Make the most of the local economy
  • Increase the profile and reputation of South Ayrshire and the Council
  • Enhanced environment through social, cultural and economic activities.

This latest exercise builds on the response for the 2018/19 budget where more than 2,800 took part, with that feedback playing an important role in guiding decisions for 2019/20.

More information on how the Council spends its budget is available in this guide.

Give us your feedback

You can take part in the public engagement survey, with responses made by midnight on Sunday 17 February considered as part of the 2019/20 budget process.

Council Tax

In light of the Scottish Government budget agreed on 31 January, new powers have been made available to Councils across Scotland, including the ability to raise Council Tax charges by up to 4.79%. To reflect this, a standalone section has been added to the public engagement exercise (launched on 30 January 2019) which directly considers Council Tax.

You can give us your views on Council Tax here.

A summary of responses will be included in the report considered by the Council when agreeing the budget on 28 February 2019.

Online feedback and discussions with the community will continue through the year to help assess the budget’s impact and to inform future decisions.

Drop-in events

A full list of the drop-in community engagement events taking place in South Ayrshire is available here.