Council tax increase just over 9p

Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council will consider a rise in the council tax of less than 10p a week for a Band D property.

If agreed by Cabinet and Full Council (February 24), the increase would result in a Band D monthly charge of £192.08. 

East Sussex County Council receive 71% of the council tax paid by residents, while Lewes District Council gets 15%, Sussex Police 9% and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service 5%.

The 3.99% increase planned by East Sussex County Council would mean their share of a Band D bill increases by £1.10p a week.

Councillor Zoe Nicholson, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Finance, said:

“We now receive no grant funding from the government meaning our budgets that support public services in the district are under the most intense pressure.

“However, I believe that this budget does balance the council’s financial requirements with our determination to limit council tax increases for our residents.”

With the Co-operative Alliance prioritising work to tackle the climate emergency and housing crisis, new resources are being targeted at a wide range of action on both key issues.

Councillor Nicholson added:

“This is the Co-operative Alliance’s first budget and we’ve made an immediate £500,000 capital investment in decarbonisation measures.  This follows the £100k that we agreed in September, shortly after taking control of the council, to kickstart the much needed upscaling of the council’s response to the climate emergency.

“We are also addressing the acute shortage of affordable housing, with £66.3 million in the budget that will deliver 200 energy efficient and sustainable council homes over the next four years.”