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D&G Council Budget 2020/21

For the information on the options, how to get involved and have your say on the Council budget visit:

Dumfries and Galloway Council continues to face huge challenges with more budget cuts a reality over the next three years. Forecasts of our budget show that the Council can expect to have £49 million less to spend on services and resources. This is nearly 15% of our current budget over that period and is in addition to almost £106 million that has been cut since 2010.

The Council’s agreed budget timetable required Council officers to prepare a summary of options to close the Council’s funding gap for 2020/21. These options have been prepared for the 31 October 2019 for publication to be used in a stakeholder engagement programme, throughout November and December 2019.

How do I get involved?

We want you to get involved and have your say about our Council’s budget next year, tell us what matters most to you and whether you agree or disagree with the Officer Budget Saving Options, you can do this in three ways;

  1. Drop in to one of the twelve Community Conversations being held across the region in November 2019
  2. Participate in our digital Community Conversation on the evening of Wednesday 27 November 2019
  3. Submit a formal written response

Community Conversations

We’re hosting twelve Community Conversations across Dumfries and Galloway during the month of November where staff and a member of our Senior Management Team will be available to provide you with information on our Council’s Budget, discuss any ideas or concerns that you may have and support you to ensure that you are able to participate and have your say.

StranraerThe Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer, DG9 7AP18 November 2019 4pm-8pm
Newton StewartMerrick Leisure Centre, Corsbie Road, Newton Stewart, DG8 6JQ25 November 20194pm-8p

For the information on the options, other dates & locations,how to get involved and have your say on the Council budget visit:

Online Community Conversation

We appreciate that you may not be able to attend one of the venues to engage in a Community Conversation on our Council’s Budget and therefore we would like to invite you to join staff and a member of our Senior Management Team in a digital Community Conversation.

This will take place on Wednesday 27 November 2019 starting at 7pm and if you would like to join the Conversation please register your interest by emailing your name and contact details to by 5pm on 25 November 2019 and we will respond to you with the necessary joining instructions.

Formal Written Response

If you are unable to attend a Community Conversation or  if you would like to provide a more detailed response, you can submit a Formal Written Response to our Council Budget Consultation using the response form below.  Please also use the Formal Written Response Form if you would like to make a contribution on behalf of an organisation or group of people.

Your Formal Written Response will be published in full to Councillors and will be made available on

Feedback from citizens, customers, staff and partners will be reported to Councillors at a meeting of Dumfries and Galloway Council on 17 December 2019.  This will inform their decisions when setting their budgets in February 2020.