Wealden Council confirms 2.6% tax increase

Wealden Council has confirmed an increase of 2.6% in its share of the council tax bill for the year 2020-21.

This equates to an additional £5 a year for an average Band D property.

The overall tax bill for Wealden residents will also include precepts from East Sussex County Council, Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire & Rescue, and from town or parish councils.

The bill for Uckfield residents living in a Band D house will be £2,150.66, £78.87 more than in 2019-20.

Refuse and recycling

Wealden’s share of the overall council tax bill is 9% and helps pay for refuse and recycling collections, planning, street cleaning, environmental protection, and free car parking.

Council leader Bob Standley said: “There is some uncertainty about the economic situation councils and businesses face in the coming year.

“A small increase is prudent, given that the recent Local Government Finance Settlement has changed the amount of money we will be able to keep next year through business rates.

Self-sufficient

“We have a strong record of sound financial management, and have become largely self-sufficient. 

“Investments we have made through our commercial strategy will help us deliver our ambitious Corporate Plan. This includes our Climate Emergency Action Plan.”

The new Wealden council tax rate was approved at a full council meeting this morning.

Cllr Standley told members the net cost of providing Wealden’s services in 2007/09, when he took control of the council’s finance portfolio, was £17.77 million.

Inflation

In the coming year the net cost would be £17.752 million. This was £18,000 less despite 13 years of inflation.

In 2020-21 the council tax for Uckfield residents living in the average Band D property will be made up of:

  • East Sussex County Council: £1,492 (last year £1,434.78)
  • Sussex Police: £199.91 (£189.91)
  • East Sussex Fire & Rescue: £95.53 (£93.67)
  • Wealden Council: £197.44 (£192.44)
  • Uckfield Town Council: £165.76 (£160.99)

Villagers will pay an average parish precept of £106.44 for 2020/21. Last year it was £100.71.

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