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

  • Budget 2023/24

    Falkirk Council must take a number of difficult decisions if it is to continue to balance the amount of money it spends on key services with the amount of money it gets from the Scottish Government and other income sources such as Council Tax. Preparation for how we will spend the money... More

    Closed 2 February 2023

  • LHS Consultation: Private Sector Tenants

    This private sector housing survey is aimed at private sector tenants living within the Falkirk council area. It will help us to understand your experiences as a private tenant, your awareness of help available and aspirations. We will use your feedback to review the information and support we... More

    Closed 31 January 2023

  • LHS Consultation: Landlord and Letting Agent Survey

    This private sector housing survey is aimed at Landlords and Letting Agents operating within the Falkirk council area. It will help us to understand the changing nature of the private rented sector across Falkirk and help us to identify possible areas of new information and support. This... More

    Closed 31 January 2023

  • Strategic Property Review

    Falkirk Council faces a c£67m budget gap over the next four years and must take urgent steps to avoid running out of money. Currently we own too many buildings that are ageing, in poor condition and require investment of around £200m to avoid unexpected closures, money we simply do not... More

    Closed 27 January 2023

  • Muiravonside Country Park - Play Area

    Falkirk Council are looking to make improvements in Muiravonside Play Area and we want to hear your opinion on what you would like to see. More

    Closed 6 January 2023