Results & Outcomes

Find out how your views have been used.

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all We Asked, You Said, We Did outcomes

We Asked

We ran a survey, between 15th October 2018 and 12th November 2018, to ask you for your opinions on potential budget cuts and savings. The survey received 2028 responses and the results were used to inform decisions made about the Council’s spending for 2019/20 and beyond.

You Said

  • 42% of respondents thought Council Tax should be increased by the maximum 3%; 27% thought it should be increased by less than 3%; and 31% thought there should be no increase at all;
  • 74% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that schools should be merged;
  • 37% respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they would be prepared to pay new or increased charges to maintain and protect the provision of music tuition. 46% said no changes should be made to music tuition.;
  • 35% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they would be prepared to pay new or increased charges to maintain and protect pest control. 46% said no changes should be made to pest control and 39% said it should be reduced;
  • 36% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they would be prepared to pay new or increased charges to maintain and protect special uplifts. 47% said no changes should be made to special uplifts and 40% said the service should be reduced;
  • 50% of respondents wanted bus subsidy funding to be protected; 33% thought it should be reduced and just 12% thought funding should be removed completely;
  • 40% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they would be prepared to pay new or increased charges to maintain and protect burials and cremations;
  • 35% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they would be prepared to pay new or increased charges to maintain and protect garden waste collections. 54% said no changes should be made to garden waste collections and 38% said the service should be reduced.

We Did

  • For 2019/20, we will raise Council Tax will by 3%.
  • We will review schools with less than 10 catchment pupils on school roll;
  • There will be a reduction in staffing and the number of instrument tuition choices available;
  • We still stop providing pest control services. We will direct service users to use private companies;
  • We will end the current service arrangement of one free uplift. Service reverts to chargeable service for all uplifts based on fees and charges policy;
  • We will reduce the expenditure on subsidised bus services in 2019/20. The savings would be delivered by a reduction of £352,000 on local bus service contracts, including those supplying Local School Bus Services to Children's Services, and would involve reducing service frequencies and/or days of operation. This might result in withdrawal of all bus subsidies;
  • As part of the Services for the Bereaved project, burial fees have been increased by around 12-13% to align Falkirk to the Scottish average and an inflationary increase of 3% applied to cremation charges;
  • Brown bin collections will reverts back to original collection frequency of 4 weekly and on demand in the winter months.

Closed Consultations and Surveys

  • Allocations Review

    We want your views on the following possible changes to the Housing Allocations Policy. All social landlords must comply with the law, including the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014, when allocating their housing stock (properties) and managing their Registers (housing lists). This has meant... More

    Closed 27 March 2020

  • Temporary Learning and Childcare for Essential Workers

    The Scottish Government has announced schools and nurseries will close. Falkirk Council is working to support parents/carers who are essential workers by providing temporary learning and childcare. Please note this is only for essential workers who have no other childcare options. For... More

    Closed 21 March 2020

  • Proposal to Amend School Term Dates to Include a 2 week October Break

    This consultation was sent to parents, pupils, employees and parent councils privately. School term dates are set annually based on an agreement between Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling Councils. The current agreement for school term dates is as follows: Autumn term: Starts on... More

    Closed 6 January 2020

  • Kinneil Walled Garden Masterplan

    The Council Nursery at Kinneil has now closed so we need to come up with a sustainable solution for the site’s future. This needs to be a joint vision to give the site the best chance of success for everyone – residents, visitors and local interest groups and organisations. On Wednesday... More

    Closed 2 December 2019

  • Community Justice Survey

    The Community Justice Partnership in Falkirk wants to address the needs of people with convictions, victims and witnesses, families and communities. We want to safely and effectively manage and support people to realise their potential for the benefit of everyone. An important part of this... More

    Closed 20 November 2019