HUNDREDS more jobs will be lost from Rotherham Borough Council in the next three years as the authority cuts at least £40 million from its budget, leader Cllr Chris Read has warned.
In an open letter to Advertiser readers, Cllr Read spells out the “difficult and painful” financial decisions facing the authority.
Finance bosses need to find another £40 million savings, which will take the ten-year total from 2010 to £178 million.
And the task could change depending on the contents of the chancellor’s Autumn Statement on November 23.
Cllr Read’s letter said: “Over the next three years, the Government plans to scrap the main grant for councils [the Revenue Support Grant] altogether.
“In the years to come, we’ll be almost entirely dependent on council tax and business rate income. We’ll need to cut more than £40 million more, and hundreds of jobs will be lost.”
Staff were sent questionnaires in September asking how they would save £1 million from their own employment conditions.
More detailed budget plans will be published in the coming months.
Have your say about what should be included by visiting www.rotherham.gov.uk/budget, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to Budget 2017/18 Consultation Feedback, Finance, Riverside House, Main Street, Rotherham, S60 1AE.
See this week’s Advertiser to read Cllr Read’s open letter in full.