Welcome freeze for council tax

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Wealden’s Cabinet is proposing to freeze next year’s council tax, which will make it the third successive year when there has been no increase in the council tax Wealden residents pay for their district council services.

“Over the last three years we have maintained services whilst delivering significant savings of £3 million a year through our transformation programme,” said Councillor Bob Standley, leader of Wealden District Council.

”Carefully managing our finances has meant we are able to accept the extra government funding, equal to one per cent of council Tax, and are once again proposing to freeze the cost to Wealden residents.”

“We will continue to implement the transformation programme which has included sharing service delivery with neighbouring councils. These services include the new Joint Waste Contract, Environmental Health and Building Control.”

The Cabinet proposal means the Wealden element of residents’ total council tax bill will remain at £174.06 for an average Band D property for the fourth year in a row - which is the equivalent of just £3.35 a week. Wealden will be consulting on its proposed council tax freeze before a final decision is made by the council on February 20.

Because of the work the council does in providing new affordable housing and bringing empty homes back into use, Wealden receives a New Homes Bonus from the Government. The Bonus for 2012 -2013 is £2 million, which will be used to fund much-needed improvements to the Hailsham Leisure Centre.