Have your say on "toughest ever" budget

Published: Monday 16 January 2023

This graphic is to promote the budget consultation for 2023 which is currently underway

Local residents are being asked to have their say as South Lanarkshire Council sets its budget for 2023-24.

The council seeks opinion every year as it sets out plans to deliver the services people rely on, setting priorities and balancing out what it can afford to do against the money it has available.

This is more important this year than ever as the council is currently facing a £16.3 million gap between the money it expects to receive and the cost of delivering services – so tough choices will have to be made.

Council Leader Joe Fagan said: “The budget gap was initially £37.5m but it has been reduced through finding efficiencies. This has been achieved despite the fact that our real-term funding has fallen and we have had to find savings of more than £150m in the last decade.

“On top of that, the council is facing the same economic pressures that the current cost-of-living crisis is inflicting on everyone. Inflation is at 12%, our gas and electricity bills have doubled, so the cost of delivering services has rocketed just at the time more people need our help.

“We will do everything humanly possible to protect frontline services as much as we can, but there is no hiding from the damage being done by under-funding and rising costs. So, this is the toughest budget yet, and it is more important than ever that local people tell us what matters to them most.”

Public consultation will include conversations with a number of community groups across South Lanarkshire. But anyone can join in, by taking part in a short survey that asks people what their priorities are and what they think we should do.

You can take part in the public consultation now. Alternatively, email ideas and suggestions to savings@southlanarkshire.gov.uk or send them to Budget Consultation, Floor 4, South Lanarkshire Council, Almada Street, Hamilton ML3 0AA.

You can also use the QR code below to access the survey:

This image is the QR code to link to the 2023/24 budget consultation


The consultation will close on 8 February so that responses can be compiled and shared with councillors before they meet to fulfil their legal obligation to set a balanced budget for 2023-24.