Council tax freeze on the cards for another year

Eastbourne Town Hall displaying the Scottish National Flag SUS-140915-153943001

Eastbourne Town Hall displaying the Scottish National Flag SUS-140915-153943001

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Eastbourne Borough Council is set to freeze its portion of the council tax bill for another year.

The draft budget for 2015/16 was put to the council’s cabinet on Wednesday night, ready to go to public consultation.

And it featured a freeze in council tax for residents for the fifth year in a row.

Deputy leader, councillor Gill Mattock, said “We’re planning to take advantage of the government grant which helps us to freeze the council tax.”

The grant is equivalent to a one per cent rise in council tax.

The report said the council has been able to freeze the tax because of new homes in the borough, and more empty homes coming into use.

Councillor Troy Tester said, “I’m absolutely delighted that provided nothing unexpected happens that we will again, be getting a budget with no rise in council tax. That is excellent news for people in Eastbourne.”

This means a Band D property will pay £224.19 per year to Eastbourne Borough Council, if the budget is approved by full council.

However, East Sussex County Council, which makes up the biggest chunk of the council tax bill, and Sussex Police have not yet announced whether their portion of the bill will rise.

Parish councils will also set their council tax precepts for the next year.

Eastbourne Borough Council’s draft budget is set to go out for consultation until February 4. It will then go to full council on February 18 to be agreed. See the document at www.eastbourne.gov.uk