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Still time to comment on Rutland County Council's draft budget

There is still time to share your views on Rutland County Council’s latest draft budget before a consultation ends on February 6.

The draft budget for 2019/20 shows how the council plans to fund local services over the next 12 months.

Rutland County Council (6902115)
Rutland County Council (6902115)

Maintaining the roads, running local transport, housing vulnerable people and caring for adults and children are all priorities in the budget.

The council also plans to save a £1.5million without cutting local services.

Coun Gordon Brown (Con) cabinet member for finance, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has taken part our budget consultation so far.

"It’s important that you tell us what you think about the plans because these are your local services.

"We’re working hard to protect services and, once again, there are no cuts planned this year.”

Rutland’s spending plans for the next year include:

·£12.14million to care for adults

·£5.49million to care for children

·£2.48million to collect and process waste and recycling

·£1.02million for public transport

·£1.68million for school transport

·£1.01million to maintain roads, car parks, footpaths and street lighting

The council is spending more money to care for adults and children because the number of people who need support has gone up.

If approved, almost half of Rutland’s £36.4million budget for 2019/20 will be used to pay for adults and children’s social care.

Rutland’s draft budget includes a Council Tax increase of 2.99%, with a further 2% precept just to fund the rising cost of adult social care.

Coun Brown added: “The amount of money needed to care for adults and children is going up because more people need our help.

"We don’t want to increase Council Tax but have to consider this because we are getting less and less money from the government to help pay for services.”

Consultation on the draft budget runs until February 6.

You can take part online by visiting: www.rutland.gov.uk/budget or collect a survey from your local library.

After the consultation, an updated budget will be presented to Cabinet on February 19 and then discussed by all Councillors on February 25.

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