Council tax is frozen in Wealden

Wealden District Council, Hailsham
Wealden District Council, Hailsham
  • Wealden District Council has agreed to freeze its part of the council tax for fifth year
  • It means residents will have been paying the same rate of council tax since 2010/11
  • The council said given inflation it represents a ‘real term reduction’

Wealden District Council has agreed to freeze its part of the council tax for the fifth successive year.

The decision by the full council means residents will have been paying the same rate of council tax since 2010/11, which is £174.06 for an average band D property. The council said given inflation it represents a ‘real term reduction’. By not increasing its council tax, the council will receive grant support from central Government worth the equivalent of one per cent of council tax.

During this period we have been able to save £3million from our running costs while continuing to deliver frontline services

Counci leader, Cllr Bob Standley, said: “During this period we have been able to save £3 million from our running costs while continuing to deliver frontline services. We have rationalised our office space, reduced staff numbers and introduced more efficient ways of

working.

“Through sharing services with neighbouring councils and working in partnership we can continue to maintain these savings.

“At the same time we have found the resources to improve housing, leisure and our environment, including a £7million investment in local leisure centres.

“We have seen over 600 affordable homes built in the district over the last three years while the same time ensured safeguards are in place to protect Ashdown Forest, the Pevensey Levels and our other Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty of which we are so justifiably proud.

“Looking ahead, spending will continue to be carefully managed to ensure council tax remains as low as possible. At the same time we will build on our recent initiatives such as the district’s first ever Food and Wine Festival, our local apprentice scheme, last November’s Careers Fair and the Streets Ahead programme. It is important we take steps to nurture new and incoming businesses and ensure our many different local communities flourish and prosper.”

The Wealden council tax pays for refuse and recycling, economic regeneration, planning, public health, leisure centres, benefits support, environmental protection, and many other services. Wealden residents who are concerned about their finances are encouraged to contact the East Sussex Benefit Helpline by phone on 0333 3440681 or by email on benefitseastsussex@harcuk.com for independent advice.

This service is provided on behalf of East Sussex County Council in partnership with Wealden District Council.

If you are having difficulties paying your council tax and want to know if you might qualify for our Council Tax Reduction Scheme, please contact Wealden’s Benefits service: email benefits@wealden.gov.uk or telephone 01323 443500. A helpful page of Frequently Asked Questions about the Council Tax Reduction Scheme can be found on the Wealden web site:

search under Council Tax Reduction.