How we spend your Council Tax
Children and young people
In 2020/21 we will spend almost £60.5 million on the day-to-day running costs of children’s services, including £36.7 million on children in our care, which includes children in foster placements. We provide Early Help services to more than 1,700 local families, including nine children’s centres and through a variety of schemes, including parenting programmes. This year we’re investing in more street-based youth work for young people in every part of the borough and over 100 more dedicated places at local schools for children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Older people and vulnerable adults
We help over 5,000 older and vulnerable adults through services such as home care, residential care, property adaptations and other activities. This includes providing 900,000 hours of care to 1,800 adults in their own home. Over the coming year we will spend £62.9million on services for older people and vulnerable adults, including £6.7million more than in previous plans for Adult Social Care. The extra budgets include provision for ensuring our home care workers are paid at least the Real Living Wage.
Keeping your neighbourhood safe and clean
From looking-after 14 urban and country parks and collecting 139,000 bins from homes every week, to providing 2,200 public litter bins and managing a network of 270 CCTV cameras, we work hard to keep the borough safe and clean every hour of every day. We’re investing an extra £1.7 million in Streetpride services, including more resources to clean main roads and remove weeds, replace old litter bins and restoring opening hours at our four household waste recycling centres, so they’re all open seven days a week.
Helping our economy grow
To keep Rotherham moving, we’ll be doubling our annual investment in road improvements, from £3 million to £6 million per year for the next four years. Our economic development team support dozens of new business start ups each year and help to secure millions of pound of business investment, helping to create new jobs. And we’re pressing on with the implementation of our Town Centre masterplan, with phase one of the Forge Island regeneration project in full swing and work starting on attractive new public realm.