People are being asked for their views on how Rotherham Council proposes to save almost £21m from its budget over the next financial year. A final package of budget cuts, efficiencies, charges and proposals to change how some services are delivered will be formally recommended next month, prior to the council’s budget setting meeting on Wednesday 2 March. The proposals form part of a three-year forecast which sets out a total funding gap of £48m – additional savings on top of the £117m that the council has had to find over the last five years.
Cllr Chris Read, Leader of the Council, said: “Local people helped us to set out our priorities during the Views from Rotherham consultation last year, and now there is a further chance for people to comment on the detail of these specific proposals, or to contribute other ideas.” The council has also indicated it would consider using new central Government rules to increase Council Tax by two per cent – over and above the proposed Council Tax increase set out in the council’s medium term financial strategy – to support increasing cost pressures in adult social care, which would generate £1.7m per year in Rotherham.
To comment please email the Community Engagement Team, or alternatively write to: Community Engagement Rotherham Council Riverside House Main Street Rotherham S60 1AE
Please mark your envelope ‘Budget Consultation.’ The deadline for comments is 5pm on Friday 12 February 2016.
Let’s see if the people of Anston can put forward sensible and cost effective ideas to RMBC.
Suggestions can include: Make a commitment to reduce energy, cut carbon emissions saving money for council taxpayers and reducing its carbon footprint. Tackle fraud. The National Fraud Authority has estimated that councils
could save £2.2 billion a year by cracking down on fraud and improving
their prevention, detection and recovery of council fraud. Cut Senior pay. TheLocalism Act allows councillors via Full Council to set local ‘pay policy statements’ to get senior pay and perks (as well as pay offs) under
control. Councils can lead from the top by having their chief executives
take a pay cut. Ministers have taken a 5% pay cut and frozen their pay for
five years. Chief executives and Senior Officers can do the same.