Significant wide-ranging investment
We have agreed our budget for 2018/19, with Councillors committed to investing millions in initiatives to support communities, grow the local economy, and enhance infrastructure including roads.
At a meeting of the Full Council (Feb 2018), Councillors agreed over £24 million of investment in capital projects, including £4.5m for road improvements and modernisation, over £2m for City Deal projects and £1m to improve the area's digital connectivity. In addition, Communities will be enhanced through the introduction of 20mph zones to make streets safer, with a £1.1m fund established for a flood prevention scheme, and money also set aside to enhance play parks across the City.
A further £5m has been set aside to enhance schools and early years to provide the best possible learning environments for Stirling's young people.
There was support for residents of all ages with funding set aside for projects to tackle school holiday hunger among young children, invest in apprenticeships, mitigate the impact of Universal Credit and make Stirling a more Dementia-Friendly City.
Councillors also took the decision to increase Council Tax by 3% which will help to protect essential services.
The recent budget consultation attracted the largest ever response rate and the feedback received helped to inform the decisions taken by Councillors. A commitment was made to generate income for the Council through new and innovative approaches including delivering services for other public sector partners and advertising on Council assets.