Renfrewshire Council

Ambitious for Renfrewshire despite budget cuts

People in Renfrewshire will know that this year's budget has been very challenging to prepare.

Local government in general and Renfrewshire in particular, have seen major cuts in funding from the Scottish Government.

However, we have remained true to our priorities of giving people more opportunities by investing in education, helping families, supporting jobs and investment, and continuing the regeneration of Renfrewshire.

We have protected spending in education, including maintaining teacher numbers.  Frontline services have been sustained, and we have prioritised social work services which protect our youngest, our oldest, and our most vulnerable.

Our ambition for Renfrewshire remains unchanged and there is a lot to look forward to.  The £1.13billion Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal will deliver jobs, investment and infrastructure improvements.

And Paisley's bid to become UK City of Culture 2021 is spearheading a major events and cultural programme which will transform the town and deliver long lasting social and economic benefits across all of Renfrewshire.

This budget helps to deliver those priorities, but the council is also investing:

  • £15 million to create a regional sports village in Ferguslie with state-of-the-art facilities for local people and elite athletes. The project will be developed in partnership with The University of the West of Scotland (UWS), and St Mirren FC, with the council pledging £7.5m towards the joint costs of both Paisley north-west projects.
  • £8.7million to support the new Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership with resources earmarked to secure the Living Wage for employees of non-council social care providers in Renfrewshire. As part of this, £974,000 will go towards measures to reduce the charges which senior citizens and adults pay for non-residential care.
  • £1million into public Wi-Fi and digital access to help to deliver Renfrewshire's digital vision, connect communities and deliver social and economic benefits for residents, students, visitors and businesses in Johnstone, Renfrew and Paisley town centres.  Plans are currently being developed in partnership with UWS, West College Scotland, Paisley First and Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce.  Work is expected to begin by the end of the summer.
  • £2.25million to boost our parks and green spaces, with most of the money invested in Robertson Park, Renfrew, and Barshaw Park, Paisley, where the council is working with local community groups to revitalise both parks.

Overall, we deliver a balanced budget in extremely difficult circumstances which protects the council's priorities and our community's values.

That has been achieved by careful financial management over a period of years and without making any compulsory redundancies.

It is a budget that will help to deliver the future we all want for Renfrewshire.