Rotherham Council jobs could go with tax likely to go up

Rotherham Council jobs could go with tax likely to go up

Rotherham Council has announced plans to increase tax rates by 1.95 per cent and cut 300 jobs as it tries to bridge a £21m funding gap.

The authority has published its budget recommendations for 2016/17, which focus on protecting frontline services and investing in Rotherham’s children’s services, the local environment and supporting the local economy.

The authority has published its budget recommendations for 2016/17, which it says focus on protecting frontline services and investing in Rotherham’s children’s services, the local environment and supporting the local economy.

Read on… http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/rotherham-council-jobs-could-go-with-tax-likely-to-go-up-1-7739109

15 thoughts on “Rotherham Council jobs could go with tax likely to go up

  1. Once again the Star takes a press release and misreports it.

    This is what they appear to have read:
    “Budget for protecting frontline services 2016”
    http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/newsroom/info/1/news?p=2&id=734
    and so whilst the Star seems to think:
    ” But council tax is likely to rise by 1.95 per cent, and 300 jobs could be lost.”
    in fact council tax is most likely to rise by 3.95% for, as the Rotherham.gov piece puts it:
    “The Council is proposing to take advantage of the Government’s two per cent social care precept to support available funding in Adult Social Care.
    Budget proposals also include an increase in Council Tax by 1.95 percent to support council services overall.”

    (… and Parish Council precepts will probably also be increasing – due to their loss of grant from RMBC that was announced last year).)

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    • Don’t forget the police commissioner will want his share increased , as for parish councils I personally am always happy with what my parish council do with the money they collect

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      • I agree with regard to parish councils, in recent years my PC has had to fund grounds maintenance previously carried out by RMBC without charge of around £24,000 per year. and fund the loss of grant from RMBC of some £36,000 over 3 years and lost the websites that RMBC previously provided.
        RMBC have managed to keep their Council Tax increases below 2% (the figure at which a referendum is triggered) by shifting costs onto the Parish Councils.

        And yes of course there may be an increase in the Police precept etc, but that is not due to RMBC shifting costs on to them. It is the RMBC budget we are discussing here, so lets stick to that, OK?
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        • The budget is set by the Labour Council the increase in council tax is below 2% because they would lose a referendum if they can find 10 million for roads they could have used some of that for a zero council tax increase except for the. Goverment agreed 2% increase

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      • An Anonymouse writes:
        “The budget is set by the Labour Council the increase in council tax is below 2% because they would lose a referendum if they can find 10 million for roads they could have used some of that for a zero council tax increase except for the. Goverment agreed 2% increase”
        I fully agree with his/her analysis, but…

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  2. From http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/newsroom/info/1/news?p=2&id=734

    “ We’re also making more money available through Area Assemblies to ensure that all parts of the borough can see practical improvements around their priorities, within their communities.”
    _____________________
    I’ve always felt that Area Assemblies are probably the most undemocratic bit of RMBC.
    Has anyone seem any of their meeting minutes for the last couple of years, or even any notices publicising their meetings?
    Try: http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/directory/13/area_assemblies

    …and lets not forget that the Cllr chairpersons of the 7 Area Assemblies get a Special Responsibility Allowance of £4,358 whilst the actually assembly need only meet four times a year.

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    • I have just contacted Rmbc and asked for a list of people on my area assembly I am exspecting all the usual suspects to appear . I can’t believe the list isn’t on the Rmbc web site

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      • This is a list of Chairs and Alternates

        Councillor Yasseen, Advisory Cabinet Member, Neighbourhood Working and Cultural Services

        Councillor Sansome, Chair, Wentworth North
        Councillor Johnston, Chair, Rotherham North
        Councillor McNeely, Chair, Rotherham South
        Councillor Evans, Chair, Wentworth South
        Councillor Buckley, Chair, Rother Valley West
        Councillors Whysall, Chair, Rother Valley South
        Councillor Godfrey, Chair, Wentworth Valley

        Subs:-
        Councillor Hamilton (Vice-Chair), Wentworth North
        Councillor Jones (Vice-Chair), Rotherham North
        Councillor Yasseen (Vice-Chair), Rotherham South
        Councillor Whelbourn (Vice-Chair), Wentworth South
        Councillor Pitchley (Vice-Chair), Rother Valley West
        Councillor Taylor (Vice- Chair), Rother Valley South
        Councillor Beaumont (Vice-Chair), Wentworth Valley

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  3. Once again, it’s back to putting more money into councillor pockets as I agree that Area Assemblies are the most UNDEMOCRATIC con used by RMBC. When will the people of Rotherham wake up to what is happening and stop being sucked in by these fraudsters? I thought we had got rid of them when Stone, Smith, Akhtar and co were got rid of but this lot are just as bad.
    RMBC Labour Group is bent, vote them out in May.

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  4. Rotherham borough council was created because we were told things would be cheaper, more efficient and we would be provided with better services. Exactly the reverse has happened. Its now time to break up the borough to pre 1975 districts, which are now more heavily populated.

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      • My parents left Sheffield in 1966 to get a better quality of life and we have ended up with Rotherham controlling us instead. The problem is Rotherham will always be in Sheffield’s shadow and giving them a little power through the borough council was dangerous as they can’t compete as can be seen from the disaster that unfolded.

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