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Council faces cash cuts in 2014 government funding

Eastbourne Town Hall, Grove Road, after extensive external works. September 19th 2013 E38069P

Eastbourne Town Hall, Grove Road, after extensive external works. September 19th 2013 E38069P

A cut in the amount of money that local authorities receive from the government means Eastbourne’s finance bosses may have to go back to the drawing board to rebalance the books.

They say the drop is more severe that initial figures suggested and Eastbourne Borough Council has been hit with above average funding cuts.

The coalition announced this week councils would face an average of 2.9 per cent cuts in their spending power.

The figure, which takes into account council tax, government grants, new homes bonuses and some NHS funding, varies across local authorities.

East Sussex County Council and Wealden were handed cuts below the national average.

East Sussex had its budget cut by 1.5 per cent and Wealden by 0.6 per cent. However, Eastbourne and neighbouring Hastings and Worthing were all slapped with cuts above the national average.

Eastbourne faces a cut of £747,000 - 4.4 per cent of its total.

Eastbourne Borough Council leader Liberal Democrat David Tutt said, “I would prefer if they stopped hitting local government so hard.

“I think we have bore the brunt of all the government cuts since the general election. It’s about time central government departments took a hit.

Finance chiefs say the government figure is misleading with the actual reduction on its spending representing much more.

 

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