Councillors have agreed spending on services for the year ahead as part of a budget setting process which seeks to protect priority services, while improving the financial sustainability of the Council.
At a Special Council Meeting (27 March) Councillors approved the revenue budget of £118.096 million to spend on services in 2017/2018. A capital budget programme of £57.3 million was also agreed for the five year period until 2022, with over 70 projects in the plan including funding for locality hubs, improvements to schools and investment in roads, footpaths and associated infrastructure in communities and investment to establish new models of care and improved financial planning in social work.
Councillors agreed that a strategic organisational redesign of the Council will take place. This process will start to reduce headcount by providing an operating structure based on integration at all levels, and will include the reduction of at least three chief officer posts. Staffing reductions will be made through voluntary severance or vacancies.
Savings of £6.804 million have been approved to deal with the spending gap.
A previous Special Council Meeting in February had already agreed that Clackmannanshire's Council Tax is to rise by 3%, with the new Band D rate set at £1,182.
Councillors also agreed a net resource transfer for adult social care of £15.341 million to the Clackmannnashire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership.