Rotherham's council tax rise will pay for plastic recycling

By Gareth Dennison | 07/02/2018

Rotherham's council tax rise will pay for plastic recycling

KERBSIDE collections of plastic waste have been added to RMBC’s budget plans — but council tax will rise by nearly six per cent.

The 2.99 per cent increase in the basic tax rate will include £965,000 for the additional recycling, which had been initially dismissed over cost.

The other three per cent of the rise will be ring-fenced to meet the growing cost of adult social care. 

Rotherham Borough Council faces Government cuts of £15.1 million in the 12 months to April and published its budget plans today.

Council leader Cllr Chris Read said: “I have said over recent months that this is the most difficult budget year that many of us have ever known. We are doing all that we can to protect valuable local services.

“Like most other councils, we need to meet the growing need for social care, which already accounts for about two thirds of the council’s budget, and after eight years of cuts in government funding there are no easy answers. 

“We continue to prioritise those children and adults who need those services the most.”

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