How We Spend Your Council Tax
Every child able to fulfil their potential
We spend over £65m on the day-to-day running costs of Children’s Services every year. This includes Early Help services, which support more than 1,300 local families, including through our eight children’s centres across the Borough.
More than 500 children are currently living in the Council’s care, including those in foster care and in the Council’s own residential homes, and we offer extensive services to help to support families to stay together. We are continuing to create new residential, family-sized homes for children across the Borough which will allow local children to remain in the area closer to the family, friends and surroundings they know as well as helping to reduce the amount we have to spend on more expensive out-of-area placements. And this year we have also continued to invest in creating new and improving school places for children with special educational needs and disabilities, including the opening of Elements Academy in Dinnington, our new school, specifically for children with social, emotional and mental health needs and the on-going redevelopment of Newman Special School’s upper school site.
We’re also rolling out a new programme of independent travel training in the next 12 months which will help scores of local children and young people to get around more easily and safely, as well as providing them with skills which will benefit them for life.
People are safe, healthy, and live well
Every year the Council provides support to over 5,000 vulnerable adults including older people and people with disabilities through services such as home care, residential care and other activities intended to maximise a person’s independence and wellbeing. This includes providing care to over 2,600 adults in their own homes.
Over the coming year we will spend over £120m on services for older people and vulnerable adults, including £12m more for Adult Social Care than last year. The extra budget includes provision to meet the increased costs of providing care and increased demand for services as we continue to prioritise funding for social care and helping to recruit and retain excellent social care staff. In turn, this investment will further help to reduce pressure on local NHS services and hospitals and support their ability to deliver emergency care to our residents.
We continue to build new Council homes. 530 homes are already completed or contracted for completion by March 2026 and a further £115.7m will be invested to deliver hundreds more, plus a continued commitment to invest £1.6m per year in Housing Support Services. The new homes to be delivered by the Housing Growth Programme will be delivered by either building new properties on Council owned land, or by the purchasing of suitable homes from private developers and the open market. The aim is to provide much needed affordable housing that people in Rotherham require.
A cleaner, greener local environment
We have and will continue to commit significant resources to make the Borough a clean and welcoming environment. In the past two years, we have invested £2.7 million into street cleansing which is providing more staff, upgrading over 600 litter bins (including 110 solar bins) across the Borough and supplying additional cleansing equipment such as three new bulky waste collection vehicles, and six quad bikes to improve weed spraying activity.The Council looks after 14 urban and country parks and we plan to improve their facilities and environment with new investment.
We collect 139,000 bins every week and provide 2,200 public litter bins right across the Borough. We will begin the process of bringing our Household Waste Recycling Centres back under Council control in 2023/24 and will be investing in better cleaning machines and in improvements to our commercial waste service. Reducing the council’s carbon emissions to help address climate change is a key priority and we continue to increase investment in tackling the problem. We are also helping traffic to move more freely in our Borough by investing in renewing traffic signals and preparing for further enforcement powers.
Every Neighbourhood thriving
The Thriving Neighbourhoods Strategy has been updated during 2022/23 to support the delivery of the Council Plan. Our vision for Rotherham is for every neighbourhood to be a good place to live, where people work together and achieve a good quality of life. The in-house Highways Service has made huge progress in improving roads across the Borough via the “£24 million to 2024” roads programme. This has already repaired 535 roads and will be completed in 2023/24 with a further 175 roads repaired, helping to reduce potholes by 60%. 2022/23 saw the completion of the £44m Parkway widening and road improvement scheme, along with numerous other transport schemes with more to come in 2023/24.
The Council is also extending its Neighbourhoods Road Safety programme, including 20 mph zones and identifying local hot-spot areas for nuisance pavement parking. Away from Rotherham Town Centre we have improved our Towns and Villages local centres. Improvements already delivered as part of this investment include linking two green spaces in the Greasbrough Ward, improvements around Laburnum Parade in the Hellaby and Maltby West Ward and a new community garden on Ridgeway in Dalton and Thrybergh. A further £2m of capital investment will be provided in 2023/24 to work with neighbourhoods across the Borough, to enhance their lived environment, through a variety of projects.
Rotherham was proud to host the hugely successful UEFA Women’s Euro in 2022, attracting 26,500 people to our Town Centre fanzone events and selling over 97% of available tickets for matches at the New York Stadium. This year we are proud to be the host of Yorkshire Day on 1 August, the exciting Uplift Skate & Art Festival in April, everyone’s favourite Rotherham Show in September and much more!
Expanding economic opportunity
We have commenced construction on the £47m Forge Island scheme in the Town Centre that when completed will be home to a state-of-the-art cinema, 69 room hotel, and six restaurants providing food from around the world. More than a thousand people have been helped into work or training by our Employment Solutions Team.
The ground was broken on the £5.4m Century II Business Centre, which this year will become our fourth Business Centre. We are using £31.6m secured from the Towns Fund to continue to deliver ambitous regeneration projects across the Town Centre. Parkgate/Eastwood, Templeborough and two Levelling Up Fund (LUF) bids have been approved bringing in a further £39.5m. The LUF programmes are aimed at further bolstering the Town Centre regeneration programme as well as developing the leisure economy and skills. These include investments at Wentworth Woodhouse, Magna Science Centre, Maltby Academy and Gulliver’s Valley resort in addition to the Council facilities at Rother Valley and Thrybergh Country Parks.
Integrated into plans is the Council’s social value policy, helping to ensure opportunities for local people and businesses are maximised as part of these and other significant local investments. This can be done in a number of ways, such as making it a requirement for local people to be employed or trained and for local suppliers to be used. We have secured £10.87m of social value commitments through council contracts in 2022 – keeping the Rotherham pound in Rotherham.