Renfrewshire Budget 2020: Breakdown Renfrewshire Budget 2020: Breakdown
Renfrewshire Council have announced their budget for 2020/21. Here is a breakdown: Main article: Councillors pass £440million budget: £75million investment in housing and extra... Renfrewshire Budget 2020: Breakdown

Renfrewshire Council have announced their budget for 2020/21. Here is a breakdown:

Main article: Councillors pass £440million budget: £75million investment in housing and extra money for the school investment fund

Key facts

  • A £440million budget
  • An investment package totalling £35million benefiting everyone in Renfrewshire
  • A £385million five-year capital investment programme 2020/21-2024/25
  • £13.9million of planned costs reductions and savings generated to support this budget
  • A 4.64% increase on Council Tax, representing a £1.12 weekly increase to Band D households
  • Confirmed Scottish Government grant of £341.9million
  • A 2% inflationary increase in service charges
  • Commitments to maintain teacher numbers and prioritise adult services
  • £7.26million set aside for pay inflation
  • £274million in Glasgow City Region City Deal projects to deliver long term inclusive economic growth
  • More than £115million in town centre regeneration to help town centres flourish
  • £47million to improve our roads and pathways
  • More than £30million investment in our schools
  • £10million to support tackling poverty and help people find work
  • £4.5million supporting villages, community projects, assets and green spaces

Climate

  • £1million to establish a climate change fund, supporting the next steps of the Council’s climate emergency working group
  • Bolster improvements to our pathways, cycle network and gullies with an extra £200,000
  • £50,000 to fund a study identifying ways to improve bus transport across Renfrewshire
  • £10,000 ongoing support for Fairtrade

Supporting those most in need

  • £2million to support the crucial work of the Renfrewshire’s Alcohol and Drugs Commission, working collaboratively to looking at all aspects of addiction and improve the lives of everyone affected, with a main focus on the wellbeing and mental health of children and early intervention for adults
  • £1.8million additional funding for Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) to manage increasing demands in adult social care services
  • £210,000 over the next three years to support families and children of relatives with head injuries
  • £84,000 to support Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau
  • £30,000 to further ongoing work supporting victims of domestic abuse
  • £100,000 will top up the available Discretionary Housing Payments that support people in crisis

The future

  • Almost doubling our school investment fund to £52million, opening the door to the Scottish Government’s £1billion school estate funding and prioritising a much- needed new Paisley Grammar School and Thorn Primary in Johnstone
  • £1.6million for further improvements to our school and early years facilities, in addition to £16million investment already underway to support the increase in early learning and childcare
  • £45,000 to enhance the successful Active Schools programme delivered by Renfrewshire Leisure which promotes school sport and encourages young people to enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of physical activity
  • £500,000 towards enhanced indoor, inclusive adventure play facilities at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in a partnership project with Renfrewshire Leisure
  • £150,000 to support Rainbow Nursery in Shortroods, working with its management Childcare First to ensure its long-term sustainable future

Communities

  • Community groups will benefit from a new £200,000 fund to support culture and heritage projects
  • £150,000 further funding to take the Villages Investment Fund to more than £500,000, supporting village communities to strengthen their unique identity, history and heritage
  • Additional investment of £400,000 over the next three years to the grounds of Renfrewshire cemeteries, adding to £1million already committed to improving the experience for residents visiting their loved ones
  • £150,000 towards a continued programme of tree works to ensure clear, accessible walkways at key locations
  • £50,000 to improve kitchens in community facilities

Economy

  • £2.25million further investment in our town centres recognising their role as hubs for business, retail, culture and leisure, adding to £1.4million already secured through the Scottish Government Town Centre Capital Fund
  • An additional £100,000 towards the Retail Improvement Fund, enabling local businesses to enhance their appeal to shoppers with improved shop fronts
  • Making journeys safer with £250,000 towards priority road markings, building on improvements around schools and key Renfrewshire junctions and adding to the landmark £47million roads investment

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