3%+ rise in council tax

Council tax will rise by more than three per cent for people in Uckfield and across Wealden.

The increase is made up of the following (Band D council tax payers):

Sussex Police £214.91 – up 7.5%
East Sussex County Council £1,544.04 – up 3.49%Figure includes a rise of 1.5% for adult social care
East Sussex Fire and Rescue  – £97.43 – 1.99%
Wealden District Council – £197.44 – 0%
Average town/parish precept – £108.87 – up 2.28%

Uckfield Town Council precept is £168.17. See our report from the meeting when the figure was fixed.

Nearby villages and towns (Band D figure):

  • Buxted  – £56.53
  • East Hoathly – £88.52
  • Fletching – £54.46
  • Framfield  – £70.07
  • Maresfield  – £51.40
  • Hadlow Down – £94.17
  • Isfield – £63.68
  • Crowborough – £172.39
  • Heathfield and Waldron – £78.50
  • Hailsham – £151.14

The Leader of Wealden District Council, Cllr Bob Standley, said in a statement:

Cllr Bob Standley

“The Coronavirus crisis has increased the pressure for council services from residents who rely on the safety net provided by local government.

“The impact it has had on local economy and businesses is something we have never experienced before.

“It is vital we have the resources to be able to help with the economic and social recovery of the district. But we do not want to increase the financial burden on households, many of whom have faced increased hardships. 

“That is why we have decided to freeze the Wealden District Council’s element of your council tax bill for the coming year.

“Other public organisations are having to increase the amount of money they seek from council tax. 

‘Careful financial management’

“The fact that we can freeze the Wealden part of the council tax bill is thanks to many years of careful financial management.

“Additional Government support has gone some way to meet the extra costs we have faced. We are freezing pay for all but the lowest paid council employees, and freezing councillors’ allowances. 

“This month we updated our ambitious Covid Restart and Recovery Plan for Wealden. We have identified six strategic objectives essential to the District.

Getting Wealden economy going again

The first two of these are to support existing businesses, which have been forced to temporarily close, and create the conditions to encourage new businesses to open in Wealden. The Plan also includes:

  • Helping the owners and employees of closed business to find new employment.
  • Encouraging communities to make positive changes to promote physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Building on the strengths of our community and voluntary groups which have proved so important over the past year.
  • Continuing to support the most vulnerable in our community.

“We have already made sure that more than £48 million has been paid out to local businesses. The Council is looking forward to continuing the work of Restart and Recovery in the year ahead.”

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