Wealden District Council has approved a £5 a year increase for its share of the Council Tax bill.
This is less than 10p extra a week for an average Band D property for all the district council’s services.
These include refuse and recycling, social housing, planning enforcement, public health, animal welfare, economic development, community grants, taxi and alcohol licencing, private housing support, leisure centres and environmental protection.
The total weekly payment for all of Wealden’s services for a Band D property is £3.60 a week.
“Over the past year, we have embarked on a commercial strategy which will create new public facilities, more housing opportunities and help regenerate our main towns,” said Council Leader Bob Standley.
“It will help to compensate for the loss of Central Government funding, and keep Council Tax rises as low as possible in the future. We will continue to strive to maintain a high standard of services while reducing costs.”
Below consumer inflation
The Wealden Council Tax increase is below the current rate of consumer inflation.
For the first time this coming year, Wealden District Council will not receive any Revenue Support Grant from the Government.
Three years ago, these grants provided £2.3 million towards the cost of the Council finances.
Range of services
Council Tax is used to provide a range of services in East Sussex including those provided by East Sussex County Council, Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire and Rescue and those services provided by parish or town councils.
The full breakdown for the coming year for an average Band D household in Uckfield is as follows:
East Sussex County Council: £1,393.11
Wealden District Council: £187.44
Sussex Police: £165.91
East Sussex Fire Authority: £91.00
Uckfield Town Council: £156.87
It means from April, an Uckfield Band D council taxpayer will have to find £1,994.33 for the 2018/2019 financial year, which is exactly in line with what was predicted by this website in mid January.
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