Council tax frozen in Wealden District

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FOR THE second year running, Wealden District Council is freezing its share of the local council tax bill at £174.06 for an average property, the equivalent of £3.35 a week.

Council leader Bob Standley said: “We started our Transformation Programme in 2009 and this has protected front line services whilst reducing the running costs of the Council. Careful financial management has enabled us to take advantage of the Government’s support for authorities who have kept spending increases to below 2.5 per cent. The New Homes Bonus has also allowed us Council to invest in infrastructure, particularly leisure centres. By moving all our office staff to Hailsham this summer we will be making more savings. The introduction of a joint waste contract with Rother, Eastbourne and Hastings will provide a more efficient waste and recycling service. We are committed to and are achieving long term savings which council tax payers expect whilst maintaining service levels.”

The £3.35 a week the Band D household pays to Wealden as part of its Council Tax covers services including refuse and recycling, environmental protection through planning controls, street scene enforcement, air and noise pollution protection; housing opportunities and benefits support. Wealden also promotes health, sport, crime reduction and economic development and carries out a range of licensing duties.