Council tax increase of just under 10p a week approved

Cabinet councillors at Eastbourne Borough Council last night (Wednesday, February 9) agreed a rise in council tax of just under 10p a week.

The increase equates to £5.11 a year for an average Band D property.

The 1.99% rise will enable the council to continue delivering essential frontline services to residents and businesses in the wake of the huge impact Covid-19 has left on its finances.

The annual increase proposed by East Sussex County Council is £69.

Eastbourne Borough Council only receives 12% of the council tax bill while East Sussex County Council receives the most at 73%.

Last night's decision follows a recommendation by Cabinet councillors at their previous meeting that the existing Local Council Tax Reduction scheme for people of working-age and the Exceptional Hardship Scheme are approved by Full Council.

Councillor Stephen Holt, Cabinet member for Financial Services, said: “These are tough times for many people which is why we will continue to support those suffering particular hardship and vulnerable residents on low incomes.

“Given the massive challenges the pandemic has placed on council finances - with income streams, particularly in the tourism and leisure sector, badly hit – I am glad we have managed to limit the increase on council tax to under 10p a week.”  

Full Council will consider the budget on Wednesday, February 23.