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How we spend your Council Tax

John Ross

John Ross
Leader of the Council

This page provides details of how the Council Tax we collect is spent to make sure we keep delivering the services that local people rely upon.

As you will see from our Council Tax financial info 2018-19 table, our biggest area of spend is education – an investment in South Lanarkshire’s future generations – while substantial sums also go to provide social work services, maintain the area’s roads network, and on other important areas such as housing and waste collection and recycling.

Here are the full details of the council’s budget for 2018/19, which was approved on 28 February 2018.

This includes a number of new initiatives and other highlights that I believe show the council is making progress despite what continues to be a difficult economic climate. These include:

  • An additional 65 more teachers and classroom assistants are being recruited for local schools
  • 100 trainees are being brought in as we put in place the workforce we will need to meet growing demand in Early Years and Elderly Care
  • All pupils who are entitled will now automatically receive free school meals and/or a clothing and footwear grant, which has increased this year by 50%
  • Schemes for holiday school lunch clubs and free breakfast clubs
  • An increase in grants for Third Sector organisations
  • A £126.5million capital programme for 2018/19 and 2019/20 which, among many other things, will continue our schools modernisation and roads improvement programmes

After almost a decade of Council Tax freezes, there will be a 3% increase in 2018/19 across Scotland. While we understand that nobody welcomes a tax rise, this will allow us to continue to deliver our quality services.

Looking ahead, the council will continue to seek best value for money at all times, while making sure we provide the best possible services, especially those which are needed by the elderly, the young and the vulnerable.

In a typical year, we will spend our budget on:

  • teaching nearly 25,000 primary pupils in our new schools
  • teaching 18,500 secondary school pupils in new school buildings
  • providing around 7,000 Early Learning and childcare places
  • caring for nearly 3,500 older people at home
  • looking after 1,800 older people in care homes
  • collecting waste from 150,000 households every week
  • maintaining 2295km (1426 miles) of roads

Council Tax is not spent on maintaining council homes, which are funded entirely by tenant rents.