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No rise in council tax for Wealden District Council
Media Release : 26 February 2013
Council tax which pays for Wealden District Council services has now remained the same for four successive years despite a continued period of national inflation.
This coming financial year, 2013/2014, the average Band D property in the District will pay just £3.35 a week for the wide range of public services provided by Wealden – the same as it has done since 2010.
"This continued council tax freeze is the result of careful planning which began a number of years ago when it became clear that funding from central government would be reduced as the nation balances its finances." said Councillor Bob Standley, Leader of Wealden District Council.
"Our Transformation Programme has seen us make real savings in the cost of our services either though sharing them with neighbouring authorities, as we have done with Building Control and Environmental Health, through working with the private sector or a combination of both as we have with the Joint Waste Partnership contract to Kier Environmental which will see improvements in recycling and savings of over £750,000 each year.
"By freezing the council tax for another year means we qualify for an additional grant, worth 1% of council tax, from central government," added Councillor Standley.
"The Council's long term budget shows that it can balance its budget and also invest in infrastructure projects."
The decision to freeze council tax was made at Wealden's Full Council meeting on 20 February.
The Council has also reviewed council tax exemptions on vacant properties and discounts for second home owners, which will help bring vacant properties back into use. These include ending the current 10% council tax discount for second home owners, reducing to one month the period that unoccupied, unfurnished properties are exempt from council tax and charging 150% of the usual council tax on properties that have been empty and unfurnished for more than two years.
Here's how the contributions for the 2013/14 council tax paid by an average Band D property in Wealden are made up:
- East Sussex County Council: £1,158.30
- Sussex Police Authority: £138.42
- East Sussex Fire Authority: £81.86
- Wealden District Council: £174.06
- Average town and parish council: £81.97
- Total for 2013/14: £1,634.61