County councillors approve tax rise of nearly 3.5%

East Sussex County councillors have approved a council tax rise of nearly 3.5% giving them a budget of £417 million for services in 2021/22.

The increase is £52 for a Band D household taking the bill to £1,544.04 for the year.

The rise includes 1.99% for most council services and 1.5% for social care.

The total council tax bill for Uckfield residents will also include portions for Wealden Council – the amount should be finalised at a full council meeting on February 24, an increase is not currently proposed – Uckfield Town Council £168.17 for a Band D household, Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue.

County council leader, Cllr Keith Glazier said after a full council meeting yesterday: “Asking residents to pay more is never a decision we take lightly. But we have to balance it against the growing needs of the most vulnerable in our communities and the impact of the Covid crisis on the county.

Stability

“We have been able to split the adult social care levy over two years to keep the increase as low as possible and give residents stability in these unprecedented and difficult times.”

Cll Glazier added: “Through prudent financial planning and partnership working, we have been able to agree a budget today which adds no new cuts to services, and keeps us above our core offer – the minimum level of service we think residents should be able to expect.

“But we realise that relying on residents to pay through council tax, and social care levies, for vital services for vulnerable adults and children is not a sustainable option.

Lobby

“We continue to lobby Government to put in place a fairer funding system which gives us more certainty and helps us plan for future years.”

Papers from yesterday’s council meeting are available here.

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