RMBC Stealing Anston’s Money.

When HM Treasury set out the grants it will give to Rotherham Borough Council for 2015/2016 and beyond it recommended that Parish Councils should not be deprived of their annual grants. (A number of RMBC departments including Child Protection and Social Care have their grants ringfenced which is right and proper) However, RMBC has ignored the advice from central government and decided to cut £10,000 from the grant to Anston Parish Council every year for the next three years- 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 so by the financial year 2019/20 APC will have had £30,000 of its money stolen by RMBC.                                                                                In his budget speech last week Chancellor Osborne announced that local councils will set and keep business rates. “We’re going to allow local government to keep the rates they get from local businesses. That’s right, all £26bn pounds of business rates will be kept by councils. The amount of money collected by RMBC in business rates will be in excess of £30,000 so why does RMBC insist on stealing our money and depriving Anston of £10,000 every year?                                                                                                                (RMBC has no problems using our money to prop up a failing business, in this case the Magna Centre.  Magna has outstanding loans to the Council of £440,000. This is made up of a £190,000 long term loan which is secured against a building- a corrugated shed full of entertainment equipment-and a £250,000 short term loan which has previously had to be renewed annually. Under a proposal put forward by RMBC, Magna would have up to 15 years to repay the money but we have not been told if interest will be charged for the long term loan of taxpayers money)                                         Points to consider: The government will allow local authorities in England to increase council tax by 2% to cover a funding shortfall in adult social care and RMBC has budgeted for another 2% on top of that so you can expect an average increase of 4% in your Council Tax bills.                                                                                                             Labour Borough councillor for Anston-Jo Burton-and ex Labour councillor Judy Dalton both voted yes for the decision by RMBC to steal £30,000 of Anston’s money and Labour led APC was quite happy to support the decision  without any protests.                                                                                                                                       No wonder Labour councillors all jumped ship in May after screwing local taxpayers.

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15 Responses to RMBC Stealing Anston’s Money.

  1. old bill says:

    top of page says stealing in fact rmbc are withholding 30k very misleading i under stand apc along with others are lobbying rmbc on this matter as this been done and whot was the out come rmbc is still labour lead apc had 3 labour cllrs at the time the vote went in and you think ther votes can change rmbcs minds when the new council as to face such a vote and the out come is not whot they wont who do we blame then labour arnt ther only independent seems apc is stuck in a rut and blameing labour all the time wont help apc need to show the pulic suport on all matters think on labour was voted in the new council was not the public at some point will vote who sits at apc

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    • Watchman says:

      You have completely misunderstood the facts.The three former APC councillors who were also Borough councillors voted at an APC meeting to oppose RMBC’s theft
      (Classed as theft because RMBC has ignored government advice to give the money to parish councils and used the money for other purposes). When the three councillors attended the RMBC council meeting they voted in favour of APC not getting the £30,000. Party politics came first-obeying the party whip-and Anston residents came second.
      Perhaps you have useful suggestions as to how “apc need to show the public suport on all matters”? Don’t just criticise APC, offer useful and constructive suggestions ie:How can APC maintain services when they will be £10k per year worse off? How can they generate more income?
      The public will have the opportunity to vote in 2020.

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  2. old bill says:

    its clear this blog is very one sided as i did not say any thing wrong its clear now why ther is upset at meeting s once agen the public as no voice

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    • Watchman says:

      You went off the subject of RMBC witholding £30,000 of Anston Parish money by making irrelevant comments.
      Your other comment about “the public has no voice” is also wrong.

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  3. old bill says:

    this is nothing new anston parish council as been aware since last year so carnt see how they are been punished ALL PARISH COUNCILS have lost out some more than others .the public do care whot gos on in anston but find it hard to bond with this council and this is whot the problem is your lucky if 5 members of public turn up

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    • Watchman says:

      Your post has been edited because you went off on a tangent. Again.
      Do you ever learn?

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    • Veritas. says:

      @old bill.

      You said ‘ anston parish council as been aware since last year ‘ Not quite right.
      The previous Labour led council were aware and voted to accept the cut from RMBC and
      the new council had no say in the fact that £30k of our money is staying in Rotherham’s coffers.
      APC meetings have rarely had more than 5/6 members of the public turning up and the previous council certainly did not and could not ‘bond’ with local residents.Verbal abuse and voting for party policy instead of what was needed in Anston were their trademarks.
      Apologies to the moderator for going off topic.

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    • mick says:

      With regard to APC being the hardest hit in terms of grant loss, you need to put this in perspective. Anston Parish is the largest parish in Rotherham, therefore the largest precept, so pro rata are loosing the same as every other parish. Also please explain which old persons centres are closing. Just for clarification for your readers.

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    • Watchman says:

      It is nothing to do with Anston being the largest parish or grants cuts being pro-rata.
      Both central government and NALC (National Association pf Local Councils) have stated that borough councils should not withold grants. RMBC has ignored this and used the money to prop up the failing trust which oversees the Magna Centre.
      There were at least two old persons homes closed by RMBC. One was at the top of Wellgate and the other was in the Wath area.
      (I’d be grateful if someone can provide the names of the centres that were closed)

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  4. R. Wilde says:

    You need to bring this to Anston residents attention at the next APC meeting, it looks like APC is being punished for not being Labour run any more.

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    • Watchman says:

      Thanks for your comment.
      What do you mean I should bring it into the public arena? If you attend Parish Council meetings then you can mention it and write to the Editor of the ‘Advertiser’?
      Good thought about being punished by RMBC for political reasons.

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    • R. Wilde says:

      My bad, I had presumed you were a regular attendee at APC meetings.

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    • Watchman says:

      We are at cross purposes.Sorry about that.I do attend APC meetings The biggest problem-and not only in Anston-is the general apathy of residents who seem not to care what goes on at parish council meetings or what RMBC does or not do.

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    • mick says:

      What makes you think that A.P.C. are so important that R.M.B.C. want to punish them. If people know anything about local politics they will know the limited powers parish council’s have. Any decisions made by them do not have any bearing on the operation of a borough council.

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    • Watchman says:

      You have got this back to front. RMBC has given the Magna Centre a £440,000 loan repayable over a period that could be between five to fifteen years.
      RMBC claim they do have enough money to keep old persons centres open nor give the grants to parish councils.
      APC is one of the hardest hit parish councils in terms of the grant loss.
      Where is the suggestion or inference parish council decisions have any bearings on the operations of RMBC?

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