Your Council Tax Guide

How We Spend Your Council Tax

Every child able to fulfil their potential

We spend £65m on the day-to-day running costs of Children’s Services. This includes Early Help services, which support more than 1,300 local families, including through our nine children’s centres.

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.

This year we’re investing in more youth work to provide opportunities for young people across the borough to have somewhere safe to go and something to do, additional support for families whose children have with special educational needs and disabilities, and more resources to tackle child criminal exploitation.

People are safe, healthy, and live well

Every year the council provides support to over 5,000 older and vulnerable adults, including older people and people with disabilities, through services such as home care, residential care and other activities. This includes providing care to 2,600 adults in their own homes.

Over the coming year we will spend £104m on services for older people and vulnerable adults, including £11m 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.

We are prioritising funding for social care and helping to increase the pay of vital frontline social care staff, including increasing allowances for hundreds of personal assistants to the Living Wage Foundation rate.

A cleaner, greener local environment

From looking after 14 urban and country parks, including those at Thrybergh and Rother Valley, and collecting 139,000 bins every week, to providing 2,200 public litter bins we work hard to keep the Borough safe and clean all year round. This year we will spend £0.5m more in street cleaning and grounds maintenance, as well as new street sweeping vehicles. We are also committed to reducing the council’s carbon emissions to help address climate change.

Every Neighbourhood thriving

Our vision for Rotherham is for every neighbourhood to thrive, where people work together and achieve a good quality of life. We’re extending our Neighbourhoods Road Safety programme and upgrading CCTV to make all our neighbourhoods safer.

We are completing investment in all the borough’s libraries and buying more resources for them, and our Towns and Villages Fund will improve local centres. And as the risk of Covid moves away we are supporting more events to bring people together.

Expanding economic opportunity

Our economic development team support scores of new business start ups each year, and at Manvers we are now building our fourth new business centre. We continue to work to draw in investment from the government and the South Yorkshire Mayor to invest in jobs and regeneration for Rotherham people.