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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