South Lanarkshire Council is in the process of setting its budget for 2023/24.
We are doing this at a time when local residents depend on our services more than ever, but our real-term funding has reduced substantially in recent years – we have had to find savings of more than £150 million over the last decade. In addition, like all parts of society, the council currently faces huge increases in costs, especially due to inflationary rises.
At this stage, the difference between what we need to deliver the services local people rely on and the amount of money we expect to have available to fund them is £16.3m. This gap was initially £37.5m but was reduced through finding efficiencies across the council, but some tough choices still will have to be made.
Every year during the budget process we ask our residents for their views, so we can share them with the councillors who will make the final decisions. Given the difficult financial position, we need your input more than ever.
Have your say
The following short survey should take only a few minutes to complete, but it will allow you to have your voice heard - to help protect the services that mean the most to you and tell us what you think are acceptable charges we can make to ensure we can keep delivering them.
The consultation closes on Wednesday 8 February.