The Perth and Kinross Council voted to agree the revenue budget for 2022 on Wednesday February 23.
Several aspects of this year’s budget look towards catching up on missed opportunities for school pupils during the pandemic.
For instance, the budget includes the continuation of almost £100,000 of investment targeting resources aimed at getting all children disadvantaged by long periods of home learning back on track with their studies.
And another £136,000 is being allocated to support additional staff at secondary schools to continue access to national qualifications and foundation apprenticeships.
Council Leader, Councillor Murray Lyle, said: “In financially challenging times this budget reaffirms our commitment to our key priorities of education and families, economic wellbeing, communities, climate change, the environment and infrastructure, and changes to how the Council operates to deliver effective public services.”
Council tax rates are also set to increase by 2.5%, which is below the 5.5% rate of inflation calculated by the Office for National Statistics.
This means Band D properties in Perth and Kinross will see a £33 increase in council tax.
Councillor Murray Lyle, added: “Over the past two years we have worked hard with communities during the most trying of times.
“This budget underlines how we will continue to keep citizens at the heart of our approach. Delivering on the ethos of the Perth & Kinross Offer by helping communities to help each other, we are creating access to grant funding to support community groups to turn their ideas into reality for their area.
“We are also funding key organisations who help some of the most vulnerable people in our area, helping to ensure that all of our residents live life well.”
Money is also being put into programmes which are aiming to support people who have been disadvantaged during the pandemic.
£200,000 is being invested into ‘Get Into Care’, a major re-employment training and recruitment programme, to encourage and assist more people to choose care as a career.
And £100,000 is going towards financially disadvantaged residents upskilling in coding and data analytics to allow them to future proof their careers.
More information about this year’s budget can be found on: https://perth-and-kinross.cmis.uk.com/perth-and-kinross/Meetings/tabid/70/ctl/ViewMeetingPublic/mid/397/Meeting/3206/Committee/7/SelectedTab/Documents/Default.aspx