Views sought on Rotherham Council’s 2018/19 budget proposalsPublished Thursday, 7th December 2017
People are being asked for their views on how Rotherham Council proposes to save £15 million from its budget over the next financial year.
This is in addition to the council having had to make savings of over £162 million and reducing its workforce by over 1,800 staff, since 2010.
Cllr Chris Read, Leader of the council, said "We’re setting out detailed proposals for the council’s budget in 2018/19 and want to give residents the chance to comment on, challenge them and contribute other ideas.
“Residents will understand that the government has cut grant funding to the council each and every year for the last eight years. The council employs 1,800 fewer people than it did in 2010, and the funding gap we’ve faced in Rotherham since then will reach almost £200 million within the next two years.
“At the same time, like councils up and down the country, we are seeing particular budget pressures relating to social care services. Most councils are now overspending their planned budgets in these areas. This is the most difficult budget year that most of us have ever known. “Over the next two years we’ve got to find savings of £31 million. We remain committed to prioritising social care, and in Children’s Services in particular, to ensure that we put our most vulnerable residents first.
“We are also investing in the jobs and homes that Rotherham people need, because it’s the right thing to do, and because it helps to reduce costs and supports the council’s income. Without this, we won’t be able to continue to fund the public services that people depend on in the future. But it does mean that other difficult decisions about how services are delivered, council tax, as well and the fees and charges the council levies cannot be avoided.”
The council’s budget for 2017/18 is £221 million and is funded from £98 million Council Tax, £60 million Business Rates, £53 million Government funding and £10m of reserves. The funding of the budget for 2018/19 will be confirmed once the information on the settlement from Government has been received and the council’s own budget decisions have been made.
The authority provides a wide range of services for the people of Rotherham, such as; parks, libraries, culture and leisure facilities; social care for the elderly, children and other vulnerable members of the community; public health services; refuse collection and disposal, street cleaning, road maintenance and safety; economic development and regeneration; and housing provision, support services and advice.
The council is also responsible for schools and other educational services for children.
To achieve the necessary savings for 2018/19, the council is working with partners to get best value for everything it does and is focusing any investment on the agreed priorities set out in the Council Plan:
- Every child making the best start in life
- A strong community in a clean and safe environment
- Every adult secure, responsible and empowered
- Extending opportunity, prosperity and planning for the future
- A modern, efficient Council
The budget proposals are subject to any further funding reductions the council may receive in the Local Government Financial Settlement for 2018/19.
The formal public consultation period for the Budget closes on 4 January 2018.
The council is advising those without online access to visit their local library where staff will support them in accessing the proposals online.
The proposals can be viewed online: