Delivering Rotherham's priorities - Council launches budget consultationPublished Friday, 14th November 2014
Rotherham residents are being asked to give their views on how the Council's budget should be spent – and where cuts should be made.
Rotherham has experienced Government cuts amounting to more than £93 million since 2010. The Council will need to cut another £23 million during 2015/16.
Deputy Leader, Cllr Emma Hoddinott, said: "Rotherham’s budget is being squeezed more and more, year on year, and each year the Council is having to make some very difficult decisions.
"We cannot underestimate the size and the impact of the savings required. Since 2010, we have been forced to make the equivalent of a £360 reduction in spending for every person living in the borough. Clearly that does impact on the council’s ability to provide services.
"We want to deliver on the priorities of local residents, but we must also face up to the ongoing challenge of funding cuts. The next few years will continue to be very tough so we want to make sure we hear residents’ views."
The consultation will take place during November and December and the Council is proposing three priority areas for the budget over the coming year:
1. Protecting our most vulnerable children and adults
2. Getting people into work and making work pay
3. Making our streets cleaner and better
The consultation invites members of the public to go online and contribute to the online forum debate where ideas can be discussed. Information will be provided in libraries and other council buildings.