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Budget savings proposals

As tough economic conditions continue, the whole of the public sector is affected by budget restrictions.

South Lanarkshire Council, which is responsible for the delivery of a vast range of your local services, is no exception and our income has been largely static at a time when demand for our services has been rising. We will need to find as much as £23.529 million in savings in the next financial year.

A package of proposals to meet that target has been prepared and will be considered by the council's Executive Committee.  But the council is also keen to consult local residents on these proposals.

Over the last few years the council has been forced to save more than £100m. We have always tried to protect the key frontline services that you rely on, and we will continue to do that but any savings we make in the future may affect them.

Council officers have developed the set of savings proposals and although these are not final decisions we are required by law to balance our budget. Councillors will ultimately have to make those tough decisions, but they would like to hear your views and suggestions too.

The proposals are included in a report that will be presented to the council’s Executive Committee on 6 December. This will include an estimate of the level of grant the council is expected to receive from the Scottish Government, though the final figure is not expected to be known until later that month.

For full details of the savings proposals see the Executive Committee savings proposals papers.

Suggestions and comments should be emailed to or posted to: Savings Consultation, South Lanarkshire Council, Almada Street, Hamilton ML3 0AA.