Rutland's budget and Council Tax levels for 2019/20 were agreed by Full Council on 25 February 2019.
We've compiled answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the budget and Council Tax into one helpful guide.
Key points to note in the 2019/20 budget are:
- Total funding available to fund the cost of local services in 2019/20 is £36.4m
- We are facing more than £2.2million of additional cost pressures in 2019/20 (£1.2million of this because of inflation)
- The demand for important services like adult and children’s social care has also increased and around half (£17million) of the budget will be spent in this area in 2019/20
- The budget contains savings of around £1.5m without making cuts to local services
- The budget for 2019/20 is balanced using just £54k of reserves
- The budget includes a Council Tax increase of 2.99%, with a further 2% precept just to fund adult social care services
- Beyond 19/20, we must assume that spending will need to increase due to inflation/demand and that Government funding will reduce even further
Rutland’s spending plans for the coming year include:
- £12.14million for adult social care – services that help people to maintain their health and independence in later life and which support adults with disabilities and mental health needs
- £5.49million for children’s social care – services to support and protect vulnerable children, young people, their families and young carers
- £2.48million for waste management – the collection of household and commercial waste in Rutland, as well as the recycling and disposal of all materials
- £1.76million for environment and public protection – the delivery of street cleaning and ground maintenance services, alongside trading standards, licensing and community safety
- £1.02million for public transport – the cost of subsidising local bus services and providing free travel for bus pass holders
- £1.68million set aside for school transport
- £1.01million for roads and highways – the maintenance of all public roads, car parks, footpaths, bridges and street lighting in Rutland
Click on the graphic below to see how we plan to spend our budget for 2019/20.