Spending cuts on cards but tax frozen

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ROTHERHAM Council is proposing spending cuts totalling almost £9.8 million in its budget – but council tax is set to be frozen.

The authority’s plans for 2012/13 are expected to be approved by the ruling cabinet tomorrow and must then be passed by the full council. Some 200 jobs are to be lost.

Proposals involve saving £3.5m from neighbourhoods and adult services, £2.8m from the council’s resources department, £2m from environmental services and £1.6m from children’s services.

Money is also being saved by not giving staff incremental pay rises for the coming year – although pay will be restored to the level it was at before a 1.15 per cent reduction was implemented last year.

If the council tax freeze is approved, the council will qualify for a one-off government grant of £2.35m.

The budget also recommends a 1.15 per cent cut in councillors’ allowances and no staff pay increments.

Rotherham Council says despite planned cuts it will protect spending on safeguarding children and helping special needs youngsters.

Work with vulnerable adults and families will also be protected.

■ Bolsover Council has also announced a council tax freeze for the coming year.