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2.99% increase proposed for council tax

Cabinet councillors have proposed a 2.99% increase in the council tax in Eastbourne for 2019/20 despite receiving ‘no grant funding’ from central government.

In line with the Government cap, residents in a Band D property will be charged £246.84. 

The largest element of the council tax bill is levied by East Sussex County Council (74%), while Eastbourne Borough Council (12%), Sussex Police (9%), East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (5%) receive much smaller amounts.

Councillor Stephen Holt, Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “In Eastbourne, we have had a successful track record of delivering efficiencies without the need for cuts to any frontline services. This is only the third council tax increase in eight years.

“However with no grant funding from central government, the situation has become increasingly challenging and the task of finding these huge savings is very difficult.

“In our commitment to be as efficient as possible, we will continue our shared services programme with Lewes and look to generate new income streams.”

Following consultation the level of council tax will be recommended to Council in February 2019.

Published 13 December 2018