East Sussex share of council tax up by 5%

East Sussex County Council yesterday (February 7) agreed a near five per cent increase in its portion of the council tax.

The rise is made up of 1.99 percent in the general tax precept plus an extra three per cent for adult social care.

On average, households will pay an extra £60 a year to East Sussex County Council.

To this sum has to be added, around £5pa for Band D council taxpayers for Sussex Police, £5pa for Wealden District Council, nearly £4pa for Uckfield Town Council plus the precept for East Sussex Fire and Rescue.

The fire authority meets next Tuesday (February 14) when members will consider a proposed increase of 1.94 per cent.

It looks as if Band D payers will be facing an increase of more than £75 extra from the beginning of the new financial year in April.

East Sussex County Council issued the following media release after councillors agreed the near five per cent increase.

A budget which will see £365million spent on vital services for residents in 2017/18 has been backed by council members.

Cllr David Elkin, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for resources, presented the proposed budget to full council on Tuesday (Feb 7) as “grounded, costed and deliverable, built with strong partnerships and listening”.

Growth

“Our budget does not rely on funding that doesn’t exist and has been developed using our four priorities – keeping vulnerable people safe, supporting economic growth, helping people help themselves and making the best use of resources,” said Cllr Elkin.

“This budget provides the best way of meeting the needs of businesses and residents of East Sussex for this year and, most importantly, has an eye on the future to make sure decisions we take today give us the best chance of meeting the increasing challenges of tomorrow.”

The proposed budget, which includes £17million of savings in 2017/18, was passed.

Government approved

Under the agreed budget residents will pay a Government approved three per cent adult social care levy which will fund some of the shortfall for adult social care services, as well as a 1.99 per cent increase on their council tax precept.

On average, households will pay a total of £5.21 extra a month to the authority from April.

“We are making significant investment of £365million in services in East Sussex, but we continue to have to make some tough decisions about the services we can no longer deliver or how we can provide them in a different way,” Cllr Elkin added.

‘Best use’

“We have lobbied Government for a better deal for East Sussex and will continue to do so while working with our local communities and partners to ensure we are making the best use of our limited resources.”

The 2017/18 budget earmarks £95.5 million for capital projects including ensuring roads and buildings are well maintained and that there are sufficient school places.

Council tax is made up of precepts from East Sussex County Council, district and borough councils, parish and town councils, Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue.

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