Our Proposals


Our Proposals

Since 2011, Rother District Council has seen a reduction in its government funding of £4.6m, which amounts to 68% of the grant we had in 2010.

A small amount of this income has been replaced with specific Government grants relating to the creation of new homes in the district.  The majority of this gap has been covered by savings in Council spending or increasing other sources of income. 

How we have covered the gap in Government funding



Percentage of overall savings

Staff Reductions               



Contract savings









We could make these savings because we have:

  • made our services more efficient
  • increased the use of technology to help residents and customers to help themselves
  • rationalised our land and property assets
  • set up shared management of services with other councils
  • devolved services to local areas either through voluntary organisations or Parish and Town Councils

However, the Government is going to reduce our grant by another £800,000 in 2016/17

and an additional  £1 million will be removed by April 2020.  At that point, the grant will be zero.

When added to other cost pressures over this period, the Council expects to have to save around £3 million in total.  So there is much still to do to balance our books and ensure essential services can be delivered.

The latest discussions on the budget are on this web page Overview and Scrutiny Committee 25 January 2016 and Cabinet, 15 February 2016

The revenue budget delivers the district council's services on a day to day basis.  It does not include capital projects.  Capital money cannot be used for running services day to day.  The revenue budget is supplied by government grants, Council Tax and a share of the business rates.  Please take into account that we are consulting on Rother District Council services.  Other organisations get the Council Tax to fund their services and they carry out their own consultations.  For example, Highways matters should be referred to East Sussex County Council including potholes, street lights, pavement/footpaths, traffic and so on.

The Council's Corporate Plan 2014 - 2021 responds to the funding cuts but still builds on our ambition to maintain and improve your district.

Our Corporate Plan focuses on the following clear aims:

  1. An Efficient, Flexible and Effective Council
  2. Sustainable Economic Prosperity
  3. Stronger, Safer Communities
  4. A Quality Physical Environment

On its own, the Council cannot deliver these aims; but will continue to work with our communities and public and private sector partners to see their delivery. 

Priority areas for investment

A clear priority of the Government is to get the economy 'moving' again and, likewise, this is a priority for the District to help secure our economic future.

Getting the economy moving should not only benefit residents through new jobs and more housing but will ensure that the Council has a sustainable future that can contribute to the continuation of essential  services.

The Council's Corporate Plan sets out the key actions that the Council will be taking to support economic regeneration. 

Council Tax

Rother District Council's Council Tax charge is the lowest Council Tax in East Sussex and we expect to maintain this in 2016/17.  (You can read more about this difference in our online response questionnaire, below.)

The Council is proposing raising Council Tax.  This money will be used to fill some of the £800,000 funding gap by raising £115,200. 

The Council has the lowest number of staff in any council in East Sussex, half as many as some authorities who deliver similar services.

Councillor Lord Ampthill, Rother District Council cabinet member for finance, said:

"Unfortunately, it is not only a case of the Council becoming more efficient.  We have made huge savings over the last five years and have reduced staffing levels dramatically. We are doing everything we can to drive down costs.

Rother District Council's Council Tax charge has not risen since 2010.  While we recognise the difficult economic times we are all experiencing, we are proposing to increase the annual Council Tax charge for 2016/17 by £3.13 (1.94%) for a Band D household.  In total, this will raise an additional £115,200 for the Council and will be used to support the services we deliver.  Those residents on very low incomes will continue to be protected from paying the majority of the charge by the Council's local Council Tax reduction scheme.

No decisions have been made yet on the budget or Council Tax proposals.  These will be debated through the Council's committee system before a final decision is made at the end of February 2016."

You can read previous budget consultations - 2015, 2014, ,  that include responses from residents and our answers to their questions.

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