Ruling group “astonished” over MP’s funding delight

Ruling group “astonished” over MP’s funding delight

By Gareth Dennison | 21/01/2021

Ruling group “astonished” over MP’s funding delight

 

LABOUR members were “astonished” at claims that Rotherham would receive an extra £10.3 million from the Government towards next year’s budget.

Alexander Stafford, Conservative MP for Rother Valley, heralded the eight-figure sum to help RMBC deliver services in 2021/22.

But the Labour group said the grant would only be £2.4 million more — and raising the rest would require a near-seven per cent council tax hike.

RMBC leader Cllr Chris Read said: “It’s astonishing that Conservative propaganda is being pushed by one of the borough’s MPs to mislead residents about the funding for services like bin collections, libraries and social care.


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“Most of the money they are talking about simply doesn’t exist.

“Quite obviously we won’t be taking up Mr Stafford’s suggestion of the biggest council tax rise in the country, and neither will we be cancelling the much needed investment in building new council homes for local people.”

A council tax increase of 6.8 per cent — equivalent to an extra £125 for a Band D property — would be needed, Labour claimed.

Cllr Read called for a fair deal for Rotherham after a decade of almost £200 million in cuts resulting in 1,800 lost council jobs.

Mr Stafford criticised the RMBC for raising housing rents at a time of pandemic and increased funding, adding: “I hope they have an explanantion.”




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