Public invited to discuss Fife budget

Fife House
Fife House

FOR the first time in Fife, people are being given the opportunity to comment on the council’s draft budget proposals before final decisions are taken in February next year.

Councillors are asking local people to help influence decisions as the council faces cuts of up to £66 million over the next three years.

Now meetings have been organised across Fife to give communities the chance to speak to councillors face to face about the priorities that are most important to them and join discussions on where it makes sense to save money.

The local events start in Methil at the Memorial Park Neighbourhood Centre on Tuesday, December 11 between 6-8pm.

Chair of Levenmouth area committee, Councillor Tom Adams explained why it was so important for people to come along and have their say:

“I know the people of Levenmouth want to see more investment in education, training and jobs – things that will bring more local opportunities, particularly for our younger generations.

“And, of course, we can’t forget the need to care for our older generation.

“The council’s administration is suggesting investing in exactly these things, but the challenge is how to do this at the same time as cutting back to make the massive savings needed over the next three years.

“By getting involved and talking to us about what you think, we’ll be to make better decisions about where to spend and where to save when the budget’s set in February.

“I hope some of you can make it out to meet members of the council’s Executive Committee in Methil on December 11.”

Budget proposals include investing:

£3 million in social work services.

£2.5 million in education services.

£1 million to support more training and apprenticeship places within the council.

£12 million funded through capital expenditure to help improve community facilities.

Savings proposals include reducing the amount of investment in parks and open spaces looking again at contract arrangements for local bus services

Reviews of school buildings, transportation services, procurement and back office services are also underway.