Annual budget 2021/22

We have produced a draft budget for 2021/22, which contains spending plans and Council Tax proposals for the next financial year.

Public consultation on the draft budget closed on Friday 29 January.

All the feedback received as part of the consultation will be reported to Cabinet and Full Council in February.

Read our draft budget FAQ

The draft budget feedback document gives the verbatim responses submitted by the public during the draft budget consultation – the views expressed do not necessarily represent the views of Rutland County Council:

View feedback on the draft budget

Key Points

Some of the key points to note in our 2021/22 budget are:

  • The total cost of funding local services in Rutland in 2021/22 is £41.5m
  • We are facing additional cost pressures of £2.4million this year due to increased demand for services, plus £0.8million extra costs caused by inflation
  • The latest Local Government Finance Settlement awarded Rutland less government money than it did in 2020/21
  • This has contributed to a £2.6million funding gap for the year ahead
  • The financial position is such that the Council must aim to make savings in 21/22 and underspend its budget by at least £500k. This can be achieved through various spending controls, including reviewing existing staff vacancies and freezing posts, where possible
  • The demand for important services like adult and children’s social care means that around half of the budget (£20million) will be spent on this area in 2021/22
  • Less funding from central government means that we must rely on Council Tax or our reserves to fund local services
  • The budget includes a Council Tax increase of 1.99%, with a further 1% precept just to fund adult social care services. The maximum increase allowed by government is 1.99% with a 3% precept for adult social care
  • The Council’s Draft Budget for 2021/22 is balanced using £2.6million of reserves 

Full details of our Draft Budget for 2021/22 can be read in Report No. 08/2021, presented to Cabinet on Tuesday 12 January 2021.

Council spending

Our Draft Budget for 2021/22 includes the follow spending plans for frontline services:

  • £13.8million for adult social care services that help people with needs arising from illness, disability, old age or hardship. Services include day care, community care, residential care and adult protection
  • £6.3million for Social Care services that support and protect vulnerable children, young people, their families and young carers. This includes fostering, adoption, residential care and support for children with disabilities
  • £3.2million to pay for the collection of all household and commercial waste. This also includes recycling and disposal of waste, as well as the cost of running Rutland’s recycling centres
  • £1.4million to maintain all roads, car parks, footpaths, bridges and street lighting in the County, together with the cost of winter gritting, traffic management and road safety
  • £1.09million for public transport, including subsidising local buses and free travel for residents of pensionable age
  • £2.05million to provide free school transport for children, as well as travel assistance for people with special educational needs and disabilities
  • £1.8million for public protection and the environment, including street cleaning and grounds maintenance services, along with work linked to trading standards, licensing and crime and disorder

This graphic shows how we plan to spend our budget for 2021/22 (click to expand):

RCC Draft Budget for 2021-22 FINAL

Budget summary

Full Council is required to approve an annual budget and Council Tax by 11 March each year.

The budget is the Council's plan which specifies how resources are to be spent during the financial year to help it deliver its services. Before Full Council approved the budget, consultation took place with the local electorate including local business in January and February 2021 to ensure that the Council focused its spending on key areas affecting local people.

The Budget Report 34/2021 considered by Cabinet on 16 February 2021 was prepared using the provisional local government finance settlement information issued in December.

Full Council approved the budget on 22 February 2021.  Below are links to key documents considered as part of the budget.

Budget summaries showing net budgets for each function by directorates:

Budget Report 34/2021 including Appendix 1 Medium Term Financial Plan

Appendix 2- Restated Budget

Appendix 3 Earmarked Reserves

Appendix 4 to 6- Directorate Summaries, Pressures and Savings

Appendix 7- Capital