Wealden consult on £5 a year rise in Council Tax

Wealden District Council’s Cabinet is recommending a Council Tax increase of £5 a year for an average Band D household.

A proposed £5 increase for Band D residents corresponds to these increases for the other council tax bands:

Band

2018/19

Increase

Band A

£124.96

£3.33

Band B

£145.79

£3.89

Band C

£166.61

£4.44

Band D

£187.44

£5.00

Band E

£229.09

£6.11

Band F

£270.75

£7.22

Band G

£312.40

£8.33

Band H

£374.88

£10.00

This will be the third year Wealden District Council have increased their share of the Council Tax, after it was unchanged for five successive years between 2011/12 and 2015/16.

In proposing the increase for Wealden’s share of the overall Council Tax bill, the Leader of Wealden District Council, Councillor Bob Standley, said the Council faces challenging times ahead:

With central government grants disappearing  the Council’s budget will be under pressure and it will have to use some of its reserves to balance the books over the next 12 months.  The Council continues to make savings but is also having to factor in additional costs in readiness for the new waste and recycling contract and increased inflation risks.  I am all in favour of low taxation, but we have to make sure we can continue to deliver a good standard of services to all our residents.

Residents, local businesses, parish and town councils are invited to take part in the consultation about the 2018/19 Wealden’s Council Tax proposal.  The consultation can be found here.

Cabinet also approved a commercial strategy setting out how the Council can improve on its commercial activities in order to prevent the entire burden of increased costs being passed on to the taxpayer.  The Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy is looking to find a further £1.2 million in savings but with a changing age profile – the number of people aged 65 or over in Wealden expected to increase 23% by 2039 – the District Council faces increased demand for its services.  The Council’s commercial strategy will aim to combine meeting local needs with income generation.  Its first two ventures, the Sussex Weald Homes and the Wealden Crematorium, both seek to satisfy previously unmet needs among residents.  The Council has also recently acquired Vicarage Fields in the centre of Hailsham which includes the Waitrose store.

Councillor Standley said:

Our commercial activities will be mainly within the District but this strategy does give us the scope to become involved elsewhere in East Sussex.

Wealden District Council’s share of the overall council tax which Wealden residents pay is around 10%.  The Council Tax bill also collects money on behalf of East Sussex County Council, Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and the local town or parish council.

Where the money from your Council Tax goes (2017/2018).

The final decision on the Wealden element of the 2018/19 Council Tax will be made by Full Council on 21st February 2018.

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