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Councillors propose a 7p a week rise in council tax

Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council today proposed a minimal rise in the council tax for 2019/20.

For residents in a Band D property the increase represents about 7p a week.

The limited 1.99% increase, significantly less than the government 3% cap, has been achieved through efficiency savings of £400,000 and new income generation totalling £200,000.

72% of the council tax bill, the largest share, is levied by East Sussex County Council.

Lewes District Council (10%), Sussex Police (8%), East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (5%) and parish councils (5% average) receive much smaller amounts.

Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council, said:

“The landscape of local government finance has changed for ever.  And with this change has come unprecedented challenges for councils to drive efficiencies, create revenue streams and embrace innovation.

“There is no doubt that Lewes District Council has, along with our partners in Eastbourne, led the way for others to follow, taking the tough decisions, implementing new and more efficient ways of working, but above all, maintaining the frontline services our residents rely on.”

The budget and council tax proposals will be recommended to Full Council on 26 February.

Published on 12 February, 2019