How we spend your Council Tax

Councillor John Ross

John Ross
Leader of the Council

This page provides details of how your council spends the money we collect in Council Tax.

We do this every year, and not only so we can demonstrate how we deliver the services that local people rely on, every day of the week - it is also part of our commitment to transparency and accountability.

I would invite all local residents to take the time to look at our Council Tax financial information 2020-2021, as I am confident you will see just how important it is that we continue to deliver these essential services. What's more, I want to assure you that the council will always seek best value for money as we deliver those services.

The figures show that once again this year our biggest single area of spend will be in education. After an extensive modernisation programme, South Lanarkshire has one of the best school estates anywhere in Europe, and I think it is vital that we continue to invest in South Lanarkshire's young people.

The revenue budget breakdown also shows the substantial sums we spend on behalf of South Lanarkshire's residents in other important areas. These include our wide range of social work services, our ongoing programme of roads improvements, housing and recycling and waste collections.

The budget that covers this for 2020-2021 was approved unanimously by South Lanarkshire Council at its meeting on 26 February 2020.

At that meeting Elected Members were given updates on some of the numerous ways the council has been working to improve the lives and life prospects of local people. This includes the roll out of free breakfast clubs and auto-enrolment for clothing grants and free school meals, which are making a real difference to people's lives.

Our work also includes the extensive investment the council is making to deliver on the national commitment to provide 1140 hours per annum of free nursery care.

Once again this year Scottish councils had the ability to increase Council Tax by up to 4.84%. However, the increase in South Lanarkshire has been limited to 3%.  This increase will allow us to continue to deliver our quality services on behalf of local people.

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

  • teaching more than 25,100 primary pupils in our new schools
  • teaching more than 19,300 secondary school pupils in new school buildings
  • providing around 7,000 Early Learning and childcare places
  • caring for 3,500 older people and adults at home
  • looking after nearly 2,000 older people in care homes
  • collecting waste every week from more than 153,000 households
  • maintaining 2295km (1426 miles) of roads

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