Wealden council pegs tax bill for another year

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FOR the second year running, Wealden District Council is freezing its share of the local council tax bill.

The district council’s portion of the bill will amount to £174.06 for an average property, the equivalent of £3.35 a week.

Councillor Bob Standley, leader of Wealden District Council, said, “I am pleased the council has frozen its part of the council tax for the second year running. We started our transformation programme in 2009 and this has protected front-line services while reducing the running costs of the council.

“Our careful financial management has enabled us to take advantage of the Government’s support for those authorities who have kept spending increases to below 2.5 per cent.

“The New Homes Bonus has also allowed the council to invest in infrastructure, particularly the Leisure Centres.

“By moving all our office-based staff to just one building in Hailsham this summer, we will also be delivering further savings in the council’s running costs.”

The £3.35 a week the average Band D household pays to Wealden as part of its council tax provides for a wide range of services.

These include refuse and recycling, environmental protection through planning controls, street scene enforcement, air and noise pollution protection; housing opportunities and benefits support.

Wealden District Council also promotes health, sport, crime reduction and economic development.

It also carries out a range of licensing duties covering food businesses, taxi services and alcohol sales to ensure the public are protected.

The total council tax bill for the average Band D household for the coming year will be £1,632.48.

Wealden District Council collects the council tax on behalf of East Sussex Council, Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire & Rescue and your parish and town councils.