BUDGET CONVERSATION for Glasgow
Glasgow's budget for local services remains under substantial pressure.
The amount of money set aside for local government has fallen - and the share of that national budget that is then allocated to Glasgow has also declined.
As a result, the council has had to both reduce its spending and try to increase its income in order to balance the city's budget; which it is legally required to do.
Earlier this year, we asked people across Glasgow to get involved in building a budget that prioritised the services communities value the most - and, as we approach the next phase of the city's budget challenge, we want to ensure that conversation continues and grows.
Although we do not yet have final settlement figures from the Scottish Government; the council expects the city will have to save around £72 million during the next financial year.
Together, we have already identified how to make many of those savings - with the majority being met through a major service reform programme - but there is still a spending gap of around £34.9m to be closed.
While the city has savings to find, we're not simply asking you where to make them. We want to know what services you really value - and where you think we could do things differently. Any constructive suggestions, views or questions are valuable.
Glasgow's budget for local services remains under increased pressure as tough economic conditions continue to impact local government.
This has meant the council has had to both reduce its spending and try to increase its income in order to balance its budget; which it is legally required to do.
The Scottish Government's settlement for local government in 2016/17 includes a cash reduction of £50 million. Coupled with budget pressures of £33 million, this means the council had a budget shortfall of £83 million in the next financial year, as part of the estimated savings target for the next two years of £130 million.
The council agreed a budget on Thursday, 10 March 2016, which meets the savings target of £83m for 2016/17. Details of these savings are available on the documents attached to this page.
In making budget decisions, nobody is more important than you - the citizens who depend on the services the council provides.
The consultation is now closed but we would like to thank all of you who took part.
We agreed our budget for 2015-16 on 19 February 2015. The recommendations of the budget were agreed along with the amendments in the attached documents:
We published a Financial Forecast for 2015-16 in October 2014, which you can read here:
An update to this was published in January 2015 and you can read it here: Updated Financial Forecast 2015-16 [11kb]
We agreed our budget for 2013-15 on 7 February 2013. The recommendations of the budget were agreed along with the amendments in the attached documents:
We agreed our budget for 2012-13 on 9 February 2012. The recommendations of the budget were agreed along with the amendments in the attached documents: