Together 4 Rutland was formed out disillusionment of the direction in which local and national politics were travelling. Too many politicians were thinking of themselves first not the country and not our county. We do not feel this has changed as we continue with a Council failing to make the difficult decisions required in these difficult times.
We want to make a difference, and we simply want what is best for Rutland and it’s residents. As a Group, we are constantly challenging policies and decisions and questioning if this is the best future for our community.
Next May you have the chance to be part of that process. You have the chance to make a real difference. May 2023 will see elections for a new Council within Rutland, and we would like to hear from like minded individuals to stand and help us make Rutland a better place.
You really can make a difference for your community and Rutland, and we would love the opportunity to discuss how you can join us to make this happen.
If you are interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can contact you to talk you through what being a county councillor is all about, and answer any questions.
You can make a difference, but by being involved can you make a better future happen.
Earlier this month, Rutland County Council issued a statement about their plans to achieve financial sustainability, which basically means balancing their books by 2027/28 (details can be found on this link)
The original paper put forward by the Cabinet was requesting council approve a maximum rise in council tax for the next 5 years. Together 4 Rutland supported a motion to overturn this and remain with the existing policy for setting council tax in February of each year. We are concerned in the in the current climate an automatic tax increase at the maximum allowed by government would be a large burden on residents without considering the implication each year.
Fortunately, this amendment was agreed and Council will be discussing what the budget should look like, including the Council Tax level, between now and the end of February.
We would like to hear the views of you, the taxpayers of Rutland, as to what level of Council Tax increase you would believe to be appropriate recognising that the Council is facing increases in demand for many of its services and inflationary increases which the Council is facing like many of you. That could range from 0% to the maximum allowed by government of 5%.
The Council, regardless of the Council Tax increase, needs to find further savings and the sooner the better. So which areas of Council expenditure would like to see cut, remembering that we a legal duty to the community to deliver services such as Adult and Children’s Social Care, Road Maintenance, Buses to transport children to school, etc.
Together 4 Rutland were formed to take politics out of Rutland, and want to do what is best for residents, not just to win votes. We fully understand the pressure households are under and will work tirelessly for the best outcome for all.