A BUDGET simulator for Stirling Council has gone live online this week to help with public engagement ahead of the 2020-21 financial year.

It gives the public a chance to set their very own draft council budget, in line with their preferences.

The platform will be live until October 20 and results will be collated and passed onto elected members.

Councillor Scott Farmer, leader of the council, said: “Setting the budget is the most important action we take as councillors each year, and this tool is an excellent way for the public to engage in that process.

“We pledged earlier this year to deliver a digital tool as part of our multi-channel engagement process and residents and staff can now shape their own draft budget to their own liking at the touch of a button.”

The local authority spends around £350million each year and is facing a projected budget gap of around £10m.

It is a legal requirement for the council to create a balanced budget – give it a go.