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Crawley Council Tax set to rise



Crawley Borough Council’s proposed 2017/18 budget is set to be debated by the Cabinet on 8 February and a recommendation made to Full Council on 22 February.

Despite challenging financial conditions, the budget is balanced, protects frontline services, makes some savings and sees continuing investment in the town.

The council received a 41.64 per cent cut in revenue support grant from the Government and a surprise cut in New Homes Bonus, which was announced the week before Christmas. This represents the largest cut in spending power of any council in West Sussex.

Despite this the council has identified additional income, efficiencies and savings of £1.951m, including additional rental income from the purchase of investment properties of £507,000, meaning that Crawley Borough Council’s element of the Council Tax is set to rise by just 2.52 per cent.

The proposed increase in the Crawley Borough Council element of Council Tax is the equivalent of 9p per week for a band D property, for a total of £4.77 a year.

West Sussex County Council is proposing a rise of £47.70 on a band D property (3.95 per cent), which will be debated at its Full Council meeting on 17 February. The precept for the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner will rise by £5 on a band D property (3.36 per cent).

If the proposed rises are approved, for every pound paid in Council Tax, West Sussex County Council will receive 78p, Sussex Police will receive 10p with Crawley Borough Council receiving just 12p.

Council Tax bills are made up of three elements – Crawley Borough Council, West Sussex County Council and the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner. The proposal means that the total amount residents pay Crawley Borough Council for local services comes to £194.04 for a band D property.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said: “We’ve worked hard to balance the budget despite significant cuts in our funding from the Government. At many points it looked like an impossible task.

“Fortunately, through careful management of the council’s finances we’ve managed to find a way forward while keeping the proposed council tax rise as low as possible.”

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