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

  • 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

  • EMA Pupil Survey

    Last year, we changed the way you could apply for EMA. We created an online application form, and allowed you to provide supporting info that way too. We really want your views on how you found the process of applying for EMA, so we can learn from your experience and continue to improve it. ... More

    Closed 1 April 2019

  • Young Person Plan Consultation

    We are creating a new Young Persons Plan which focuses on the needs of young people in the Falkirk Council area. Your views and opinions can help shape this plan and better develop and improve our service. For further information on how the information you provide will be used, please... More

    Closed 31 March 2019

  • Falkirk HSCP Strategic Plan Consultation

    We want to hear your views on the priorities included in our Health and Social Care Partnership Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan will set out our vision for adult health and social care “to enable people in the Falkirk Council area to live full and positive lives within... More

    Closed 25 February 2019

  • Zetland Park Regeneration Project Masterplan Consultation

    We have been awarded development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to make a detailed bid for funding to regenerate Zetland Park. To support this process we have created a masterplan to show our proposals in more detail. We would like your feedback on this masterplan. For further... More

    Closed 22 February 2019