Wealden to freeze its part of council tax payments

Wealden District Council, Hailsham November 5th 2012 E45049N
Wealden District Council, Hailsham November 5th 2012 E45049N

Wealden District Council’s Cabinet is freezing its portion of the council tax for the fifth successive year.

“We are only able to propose another council tax freeze this year thanks to careful planning of the council finances in recent years,” said Councillor Bob Standley, the Leader and Finance Portfolio Holder of Wealden District Council.

“We expect financial support from central government will continue to decrease but by taking steps in advance to keep our costs down, such as last year’s move to a single headquarters building, we have been able to avoid the cliff edge scenario faced by some other local authorities.”

The freeze means the average Band D property will still be paying £3.35 a week for Wealden District Council services, which they have been doing since 2010.

The Wealden council tax pays for refuse and recycling, economic regeneration, planning, public health, leisure centres, benefits support and environmental protection.

“We will be accepting the extra Government funding, equal to 1% of council tax, to support our council tax freeze.

“Nevertheless we are assuming in our long term plans that District Councils will have to be self-financing.

“We are now seeking views on this budget together with our Medium Term Financial Strategy which will run until 2019.

“A final decision on the Wealden element of the council tax bill will be made at the Full Council meeting on 19 February.”

The council tax bill for Wealden households includes payments to East Sussex County Council, Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire & Rescue and local parish and town councils, as well as Wealden District Council.