Band D council taxpayers in Uckfield will be paying more than £2,000 in the year 2019/2020.
The final figure contains payments to East Sussex County Council, Wealden District Council, Uckfield Town Council, Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue.
Wealden council – which collects the money from taxpayers and distributes to the other authorities – issued this Press statement.
10p a week council tax increase for Wealden services
As it continues to move towards self-sufficiency, Wealden District Council has approved a 2.7% increase in its share of the council tax.
This will help it meet the challenges of the future.
Wealden District Council collects the council tax on behalf of a number of public services including East Sussex County Council, Sussex Police, the Fire and Rescue Service and your local parish or town council.
The total council tax a Wealden householder pays will, on average, increase by £1.47 a week from April.
But the Wealden share of this increase will only be ten pence.
“We continue to provide very good value for money for local council tax payers,” said Councillor Bob Standley, Council Leader.
“The commercial strategy we embarked on a few years ago is now bearing fruit.
“Our new crematorium opens this spring providing a much-needed local service and a source of revenue for the council.
“This, and the rental income we receive from our investment in the Vicarage Field shopping centre [Hailsham], will help support services.
Garden waste charge
“Otherwise we would be totally reliant on council tax and the proportion of the money we receive from business rates.”
This July will see the start of a new joint waste collection contract, using Biffa. Increased contract costs and the ending of county council recycling credits have added over £2 million to the cost of waste and recycling collections in Wealden.
This will be funded in part through a charge of £50 a year for households who wish to continue to receive a garden waste recycling service.
Possible changes in government policy on recycling collections are being monitored and the council will respond as necessary.
Here’s a break-down of next year’s annual council tax, collected on behalf of East Sussex public services. It applies to mid-scale Band D property:
Annual charge for a Band D property 2019/20
East Sussex County Council: £1,434.78
Sussex Police: £189.91
East Sussex Fire & Rescue: £93.67
Wealden District Council: £192.44
Average Parish/Town Council precept : £100.71
Total amount £2,011.51
[Uckfield Town Council fixed its council tax at £160.99, bringing the Uckfield band D figure to £2,071.99]
The Weald DC Press statement continued:
Wealden’s share of the council tax is just 9.5% of your overall council tax bill.
Over the past four years Wealden has ensured nearly 600 new affordable homes have been built in the District and 1,555 new jobs have been created, supported by nearly 20,000 sq ft of new employment space.
Since it re-started building council houses in 2013, the Council has built 201 council-owned homes in the district.
The four council-supported leisure centres attracted more than one million visits last year, and two new open access countryside areas have been created at Walshes Park and Horsted Green.
The council also continues to support Wealden’s tourist industry which generates over £305 million a year and supports more than 8,500 jobs.
Wealden District Council operates a Council Tax Reduction Scheme to help people who may have difficulty paying their council tax. If you think you may qualify, please contact Wealden’s Benefits service: email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01323 443500. There is a helpful page of Frequently Asked Questions about the Council Tax Reduction Scheme .
Residents who are concerned about their finances are encouraged to contact the East Sussex Benefit Helpline by phone on 0333 3440681 or by emailing email@example.com for independent advice.
This service is provided on behalf of East Sussex County Council in partnership with Wealden District Council.