Budget 2019/20

New schools on the horizon as council sets budget

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North Lanarkshire Council has set its budget for 2019/20, with a commitment that every school not already in a new building will be replaced.

The budget protects investment in the council's ambitious plans and minimises the impact of savings on vital frontline services.

Announcing the budget, Councillor Jim Logue, leader of the council, said: "Council leaders of all political parties have highlighted the continued disproportionate cuts from the Scottish Government being passed on to local councils.

"Although we received a cash increase, once account is taken of ringfencing, new Scottish Government priorities and unavoidable cost pressures, the reality is a cut to core service funding of £9.7million.

"But we were determined that our significant investment in communities is protected and we have been able to achieve that. The budget allows for our planned £500million community investment fund to begin. This will see every school not already rebuilt since 1996, being replaced.

"These buildings will not just be schools. Our community campus model will see council services, partner services, leisure and culture facilities and business support placed at the very heart of communities. All of this underscores our commitment to make North Lanarkshire the place to Live, Learn, Work, Invest and Visit.

Top of the priority list is schools for those young people with additional support needs. And the council committed to a further investment of £1million in its groundbreaking Club 365 initiative.

Other key decisions included:

  • A 3% rise in council tax
  • A maintained commitment to ensuring there would be no compulsory redundancies
  • No cuts passed on to the Integrated Joint Board for Health and Social Care

However, difficult choices still had to be made to balance the budget. Councillor Logue explained: "We have tried to minimise the impact but it was inevitable that unpalatable savings would have to be found."

Some of the savings agreed by the council include:

  • A flat fee for special uplifts of £25
  • A 3% increase in burial fees
  • A reduction in floral features and shrubs in public places
  • Re-homing the animal collection at Palacerigg Country Park
  • A reduction in the management fee paid by the council to NL Leisure and Culture NL

For further information you can download pdf icon Budget key information 2019/20 [547kb].

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