Low cost council

Rutland County Council is a low cost Council. This means we're efficient with money and spend less per household than most other Councils who deliver the same services.

We're often asked why Council Tax in Rutland is set at a relatively high rate if we are a low cost authority. The following information aims to explain.


There are a number of  factors that can affect how much money council’s need to spend on local services, including local policies, levels of deprivation, the demand for social care and whether an area is rural or urban.

Just because a council spends more money than another local authority doesn't mean it's being inefficient or wasteful. Equally, just because a council spends less, it doesn't meant they don't provide high-quality services or spend what's needed to meet the needs of the community.

By looking at spending across a range of services, you can get a much better idea of whether a Council is high or low cost.

Using the latest financial information available, we can see that Rutland’s net spending per household is low when compared to other local authorities that provide the same services.

Total spending 2017/18 (per household)

  • Average Council spend per household (UK): £3,147 
  • Rutland County Council spend per household: £2,531
Spending per household 2017/18

Funding and Council Tax

Although we spend less per household than the average UK council, it is correct to say Rutland has a high rate of Council Tax compared to other local authorities.

This is because of the way that local authorities have been funded nationally over a period of many years.

The vast majority of our funding – that money that pays for local services like public transport, libraries, social care and rubbish collection – must come direct from Rutland Council taxpayers because we receive less central government funding than other councils.

Funding per household

The difference in funding can be seen clearly when looking at the amount of central government funding we receive per household compared to other local authority areas.

Central government gives us less funding and, as a result, we must draw more money from Council Tax and our reserves and so can't reduce Council Tax bills locally.

Funding from central government

The amount of money given to local authorities by the government to help fund local services (per household):

  • Rutland: £1,204
  • UK average: £2,175

Funding from Council Tax and reserves

The amount of Council Tax and from reserves used to fund local services (per household):

  • Rutland: £1,328
  • UK average: £972

Total available funding per household

The total amount of funding we have to spend on services (Council Tax, reserves and government funding combined):

  • Rutland: £2,531
  • UK average: £3,147
Sources of funding 2017/18
If you'd like to know more about how we budget and spend our money, please see our Budget Summary page.
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