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

  • 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

  • A9/A904 Improvements Survey

    We have plans to improve the infrastructure around the West Mains, Westfield and Middlefield areas. This includes a proposal to improve the A9-A904, involving road widening, new roundabouts to improve access and road safety, and the construction of a pedestrian/cycle bridge at Westfield... More

    Closed 8 November 2019

  • Rent Increase 2020/21 Consultation

    We want you to have your say on what you think the level of Falkirk Council's proposed rent increase for 2020/21 should be. We will donate £1 to Strathcarron Hospice for every survey completed. This consultation has been posted out to all Falkirk Council tenants. More

    Closed 25 October 2019

  • Scotland Roads Survey - Falkirk Council

    We want to gauge customer service and user experience/satisfaction of gritting, road works, road safety and other road maintenance related matters within Falkirk Council. The information gathered will help shape service delivery and inform on performance. It will also allow us to prioritise... More

    Closed 30 September 2019