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How we spend your Council Tax

Councillor John Ross

John Ross
Leader of the Council

Your council is committed to transparency and accountability.  As part of this commitment, this page provides details of how the Council Tax we collect is spent to deliver the services local people rely on.

Our Council Tax financial information 2019-2020 provides a breakdown of the council’s revenue budget, and you will see that our biggest single area of spend is education.

This is the money we spend in our schools, and as such we see it as an important investment in South Lanarkshire’s young people – our area’s future generations.

Anyone who lives in the area will also be aware of the council’s separate schools modernisation programmes.  All our secondary schools have been rebuilt and this year we will complete the modernisation of our primaries.

The revenue budget breakdown also shows the substantial sums spent on a wide range of other important areas, including providing social work services, housing, roads maintenance and waste collection and recycling.

The budget for 2019/20 was approved by South Lanarkshire Council on 27 February 2019.

This budget will build on a number of new initiatives that were introduced in 2018/19, and we will continue to roll out free breakfast clubs and holiday lunch clubs in primary schools.  There will also be a second year of recruitment of trainees in Early Years and Elderly Care.

The 2019/20 budget also included provision to increase by £30 the grant for low-income families to help them buy school uniform and footwear for their children – more than 12,000 will benefit from the £130 grant.

Although councils had the ability to increase Council Tax by up to 4.79% this year, the increase in South Lanarkshire is 3%.  This will allow us to continue to deliver our quality services on behalf of local people.

The council will always seek best value for money as we deliver the best possible services for all, especially 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 18,900 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 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.