Residents and communities are being asked to give their views on the Council priorities over the next four years as part of preparations for the significant financial challenges ahead.
Transforming Your Council is the draft Corporate Plan, which outlines where the Council wants to be in four years’ time, together with a clear statement of priorities that will guide employees in decision making and resource allocation over that period of time. A short online survey is available on the Council website to share views on the priorities.
It is projected that the Council will have £30 million less to spend over the next three financial years, which means the way we operate will continue to change. With an anticipated population decline, which is ageing, and acute pressures on public service funding, the Council is facing unprecedented challenges. There are no easy savings options left, and every area of Council work has been looked at very closely.
The priorities set out in this draft Corporate Plan have been informed by our agreed Local Outcomes Improvement Plan, local and national policy priorities and recent poverty and economic baseline assessments.
The priorities are:
Cllr Ellen Forson, Council Leader said: “Clackmannanshire has many strengths, which make this a great place to live and work, and we’re determined to use opportunities such as the City Region Deal to help make it even better. However, we know that some of our communities face real challenges, and that they experience poverty and inequality. At the same time as we experience significant rising demand for some services, the public sector is facing ongoing and acute funding issues.
“Difficult decisions on our priorities in the coming years need to be made, to ensure that we have sustainable Council finances. This consultation is a way for our communities to ensure that we focus our resources on what matters to them, and I’d encourage as many people as possible to fill this out.”
The online survey is open until 22 November on the Council website. Feedback will also be sought from partner organisations and local groups who may have an interest from an equalities perspective. A further survey is planned in December which will detail specific proposed changes to Council services.