Stirling residents have just one week left to take part in this year’s Budget Conversation.
Members of staff from St Ninian's Library promote Stirling Council's budget conversation

The Council’s annual survey closes on Monday, 1 November, leaving people who live, work or study locally under seven days to have their say.

Cllr Margaret Brisley, convener of the Finance and Economy Committee said: “We’ve had 100s of responses from almost every part of the Council area, spread across all ages, which means we’re capturing a broad range of views from our citizens.

“However, with just one week left, there’s still time to have your say and I’d encourage everyone to take part either online, or through your local library.

“We’re facing an estimated funding gap of nearly £29million in the next five years, and we need to understand your values to help us make the decisions which will close that gap.”

Appeal to younger age groups

The 2022-23 Budget Conversation launched on Monday, 20 September through the Council’s Engage platform. Residents can take part online, or get help accessing the survey through their local library, where they can also access paper copies.

Paper copies can also be ordered through 01786 404040.

Residents from all areas except Brig O’ Turk, Crianlarich and Tyndrum, Gargunnock, Logie and Throsk have so far replied, while a special call is also being issued for more people in the 16-24 age range to take part.

Cllr Alison Laurie, vice convener, added: “We’re making a targeted effort this week to reach residents who have yet to take part and would encourage those who have already joined the conversation to continue to spread the word.

“The questions are designed to help us get a high level understanding of your values and priorities for the Council as we prepare to set the budget amidst tightening resources and increasing demand.

“These are your services, so make sure you have your say.”

For more information, visit https://engage.stirling.gov.uk/en-GB/projects/budget-conversation and look out for info posters with QR Code scanners in your community.