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7p a week rise proposed for council tax

Cabinet councillors have proposed a 1.99% increase in the council tax in Lewes district for 2019/20 despite receiving ‘zero grant funding’ from central government.

For residents in a Band D property the increase represents around 7p a week to an average household.

The largest element of the council tax bill is levied by East Sussex County Council (72%), while Lewes District Council (10%), Sussex Police (8%), East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (5%) and parish councils (5% average) receive much smaller amounts.

Councillor Bill Giles, Cabinet Member for Finance, said:

“This minimal increase has been proposed without the need for cuts to any frontline services.

“We’ve only achieved this position through transforming the way we work, utilising the latest of technology and the most efficient operating models, such as our shared services with Eastbourne and by creating new income streams.

“Councils are having to innovate like never before, with zero grant funding from central government the status quo is simply not an option.

“Our staff deserve most credit for adapting to the changes we’ve had to make and at the same time providing the high quality services our residents rely on."

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

Published 6 December 2018