SB Connect Winter 2016

Council seeks your views on its budget priorities

Scottish Borders Council is looking for the views of residents on its budget as it continues a series of online question and answer (Q&A) sessions.

SBC will set its budget for 2017/18 on 9 February 2017 and since launching the budget consultation at the end of September the Administration’s Elected Members have been taking on board the views of the public on how it can continue to save money while delivering quality services into the future.

As part of this consultation, live Q&A sessions have been taking place on the Council’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/sbcouncil and Twitter feed www.twitter.com/scotborders covering its eight priority areas.

Two are still to come:

  • 6 December Developing our Workforce
  • 13 December – Ensure Access to Excellent Public Services.

Relevant Executive Members for each area will be on hand to answer questions between 6pm and 7pm.
Councillor David Parker, Leader of SBC said: “Councillors will have to take a number of very difficult decisions in setting the Council’s budget for 2017/18. The views of Borderers are vital as we shape our plans. These social media Q&A sessions have been giving people the chance to put their questions about our budget and services directly to Elected Members, covering all of the Council’s priority areas.”

If you have missed a Q&A session and want to help shape the future of the Scottish Borders, visit the Council’s online Dialogue tool at https://scotborders.dialogue-app.com/ and submit your ideas on the eight priorities listed. You can also comment and/or rate other ideas that have already been added.

All the feedback received will be fed in to the financial planning process and Corporate Transformation programme. You can also:

  • write to the Budget Team, Scottish Borders Council, Newtown St Boswells TD6 0SA
  • email budgetteam@scotborders.gov.uk or use #bordersbudget on Twitter.

Councillor John Mitchell, Depute Leader (with responsibility for Finance), added: “We need to carefully consider how we can do things differently while faced with an ongoing financial challenge.

“We are taking this into account through our robust financial planning and Corporate Transformation programme, which looks to modernise the way we work. I would encourage the public to let us know what they think through our online dialogue tool.”

More information is available at www.scotborders.gov.uk/budget and www.scotborders.gov.uk/transformation

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