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Lewes District Council propose 10p a week rise in council tax

Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council have proposed a 2.9% rise in the council tax. 

For residents in a Band D property the Lewes District increase represents only around 10p a week to an average household.

The largest share of the council tax bill is levied by East Sussex County Council (71% or £1,314 for a current Band D bill), while Lewes District Council (11%),Sussex Police (8%) and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (5%) and parish councils (5% average) receive much smaller amounts.

Lewes District Council has achieved the minimal rise and protected frontline services despite the on-going cuts in government grant. The latest reduction in grant will see £460,000 cut from the council budget in 2018/19. 

The council has worked to offset the impact of the government grant reductions through efficiency savings, generated by closer working with Eastbourne Borough Council, and developing new income streams. 

Councillor Bill Giles, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Finance, said:

“Considering the financial climate that all local authorities are operating in, I am extremely proud that we have managed to deliver a balanced budget without the need to draw on our reserves. 

“The alignment of our core operations with those in Eastbourne has proved very effective, not just in saving money, but also in giving residents the first-class services they deserve.”

Cabinet has also set aside up to £50k to contribute to an economic impact assessment of the A259 and its constraints on the local economy.

Issued 4 January 2018