The Council’s Budget 2021/22
At the Council Budget meeting in March 2021, the Budget and Council Tax report was agreed for 2021/22, which included the delivery of agreed budget savings of £18.1m. These savings are needed due to ongoing reductions in funding from Government, an increasing demand for services as a result of a growing and ageing population and increasing costs for the council in providing services.
Since the introduction of austerity measures in 2010, the Council has made savings in excess of £200m in response to the significant reductions in Central Government funding.
Where Does the Council Get Its Money From?
The Council’s current budget is £236 million and is funded from £116 million Council Tax, £71 million Business Rates and £49million Government funding.
What Does the Council Spend Its Money on?
- £63m on Children and Young People's Service
- £85m on Adult Care, Housing and Public Health
- £45m on Regeneration and Environment Services
- £17m on Central Services
- £19m on Finance and Customer Services
- £7m on Assistant Chief Executive portfolio
The area of highest spend is social care due to demand.
Protecting the most vulnerable children and adults, whilst continuing to provide core services – like road repairs and street cleansing – underpins the authority’s budget to 2021/22.
The new Council Plan sets out medium-term priorities and actions, building on and taking forward commitments made by members to the Rotherham community. The plan is framed around five themes:
- Every neighbourhood thriving
- People are safe, healthy, and live well
- Every child able to fulfil their potential
- Expanding economic opportunity
- A cleaner, greener local environment.