Wealden Council proposes zero increase in council tax

Wealden District Council is proposing a zero increase in its portion of the council tax for the year 2011-2012.

This will mean residents living in an average Band D property will pay £174.06 – £3.35 a week – for district council services but the final council tax bill for Wealden residents will also include amounts for East Sussex County Council, Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire and Rescue and town and parish councils.

Cllr Bob Standley, leader of the district council said in a press release that an announcement about funding from the Government had been much tougher than forecast in that reductions amount to 28 per cent over two years rather than the expected four.

“However Wealden did anticipate the changes which are necessary to balance the nation's economy. Our Transformation Programme, launched three years ago, is bearing fruit and we will continue to keep council tax increases as low as possible and broadly in line with inflation,” he said.

Following consultation a final decision on the budget it due to be made at a full meeting of the district council on February 16.

* A full meeting of Uckfield Town Council is to consider its budget tonight.

* East Sussex County Council is to discuss its budget at a cabinet meeting on January 25 and make final decisions at a meeting in February.

* Sussex Police are cutting opening hours at stations, including Uckfield, and reducing the number of front desk officers employed as they plan cuts to their budget.

* The East Sussex Fire Authority has approved changes to fire service provision across the county.

See also:

Uckfield Town Council to stop refilling grit bins

Uckfield residential home aims to generate electricity

First aiders help with 999 calls

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