Council to freeze tax for a third year

Rotherham Council is set to freeze council tax for the third year in a row as it looks to save £20.2m in the next year.

Adult services will take the brunt with its budget cut by almost £3m while services for children will be cut by £1.78m.

Council back office functions will also take a significant hit with a cut of £2.2m.

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Jobs are expected to go as a result of the changes which will also see the terms and conditions of some staff changed,

All councils are restricted by the Government on how far they can raise their council tax and those that choose a freeze qualify for a grant equal to a one per cent rise.

Rotherham Council’s cabinet is due to agree the authority’s budget next week with a full meeting of the council signing it off next month.

If given the green light, council tax payers living in a house in band A, into which the majority of Rotherham homes fall, will pay £820.02 for council services, with extra charges for the fire service and policing.